While the month of February is typically regarded as the month to plan a romantic date and surprise your loved one with flowers, many people miss out on one of the most important parts of February. Your heart health, silly! No, we’re not talking about the emotional state of your heart, we’re talking about your literal heart health.
Did you know heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States? Unfortunately, heart disease is highly preventable which is why February is dedicated to spreading awareness about preventing this common killer. You can save your loved ones by encouraging them to look after their heart during this month of love and throughout the year. Here are 5 tips you can recommend to the ones you love:
It’s time to stick to that gym membership.
As with your any muscle in your body, your heart needs regular exercise in order to maintain optimal health. Studies show that cardiovascular activity increases your heart’s ability to pump blood, so find a cardio workout that you can stick to on a regular basis.
Find a new spice and ditch the salt.
It’s easy to think everything could taste better with a pinch, or two pinches of salt. However, this unhealthy habit can really start to weigh you down over time. Weigh you down as in increase your chances of developing hypertension also known as high blood pressure. Find a new way to make your food filled with flavor and ditch the salt!
Lose the extra weight.
Unfortunately, 60-70% of adults are overweight in the United States. Having excess weight takes a toll on your body and increases your chances of developing several health issues, especially heart disease. Don’t put extra stress on your heart and shed those extra pounds.
Break the habit and throw away your cigarettes.
It’s no secret that smoking is an unhealthy habit, so I’m sure you’re familiar with the various health concerns associated with smoking. However, smoking causes premature deaths of over 480,000 Americans each year. So, it’s time to really change your unhealthy habit.
Pay attention to your cholesterol levels.
Studies report the higher your cholesterol levels, the higher your risk of developing heart disease.
Heart disease is a preventable disease, so don’t avoid making necessary changes that you can regret late on. It’s unfortunate that so many Americans are suffering from a disease that can be entirely avoided with a few precautionary steps. Spread this message with your loved ones and truly show them how much you care this February.