February 9th, 2019 9:09 AM by Sharon Mason
3 Healthy Tips for National Heart Health Month
February is National Heart Health Month and the perfect time to be good to your heart and get a checkup. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States. Also, more than sixty-seven million Americans have high blood pressure which unfortunately makes them four times more likely to die from a stroke and three times more likely to die from heart disease, compared to those with normal blood pressure according to data from the CDC. Here are 3 healthy tips for National Heart Health Month to help keep your heart in tip-top ticking shape.
1.) Eat a healthy and balanced diet that is high in fiber, including fresh fruits and vegetables and avoid foods high in sodium and trans-fat.
2.) Exercise for 30 minutes a day at least five times a week. If 30 minutes is too much, start with 10-minute intervals of physical activity. Please talk to a health care professional before starting a new fitness routine.
3.) According to the American Heart Association (AHA) chronic stress can also increase your risk for heart disease. Make time to reduce stress and relax more by taking time to sit quietly, breathe deeply, and think of peaceful things. Whenever possible, try to avoid triggering or negative situations and focus on positive thinking and solutions.
In addition, the AHA is sponsors a free online support program available to residents living in the Northwest Valley. Registration is free, simple and fast, and for people with limited mobility, going online may be the perfect way to connect in a safe, cost-free environment for interaction, encouragement and advice. This AHA online support group is a community of people who have been diagnosed with heart disease, a congenital heart defect or stroke, and their caregivers. Click here to join the free online community.
Throughout the year, be heart smart by making small, positive changes toward a healthy lifestyle so that you can enjoy retirement. spread the word and help those you love take measures to care for their heart too!
Your Arizona Retirement Expert,
Sharon Mason - Associate Broker RE/MAX Professionals 623-810-9988
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