Heart Health Month
February is designated as Heart Health month, making it a perfect time to reflect on daily choices that impact your well-being. The importance of healthy lifestyle choices cannot be understated. After all, heart disease is the leading cause of death among men and women in the United States.
The good news is that it’s also one of the most preventable causes of death. While there are risk factors for heart disease that you cannot change, such as family history, there are many things you can do to keep your heart healthy. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
Follow a heart-healthy diet. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Choose whole-grain breads, brown rice, and oats. Be sure to include fish in your diet.
Stay active. Regular exercise holds countless benefits beyond reducing the risk of heart disease. Incorporating physical activity into your daily routine helps you feel strong and energized, reduce stress, and improve mental focus.
Sleep. Lack of sleep has been linked to heart disease and a weakened immune system. Aim to get 7-9 hours of sleep each night.
Don’t smoke. The statistics on smoking and its correlation with heart disease and other chronic conditions are well-documented and proven. One of the best things you can do for your overall well-being is avoid smoking.