The Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day may be your February high points, but there’s far more to this month than chocolate and chicken wings. It’s also National Heart Month — a key opportunity to raise awareness of the concerning role heart disease plays in modern society. Think of this as your second shot at a New Year’s resolution: the chance to reassess your habits and commit to a healthier lifestyle. Incorporate the following practices into your daily routine to protect your heart this month and throughout the year:
Eating healthy can feel like a struggle when you’re constantly bombarded by different opinions regarding what, exactly, constitutes the ideal diet. When in doubt, avoid processed foods and instead opt for fruits and vegetables. Aim for a minimum of five servings a day. This can easily be accomplished by filling half your plate with fruits and veggies at every meal.
Like any muscle, your heart requires regular activity to remain in peak shape. This means cardio. Don’t worry if you’re reluctant to hit the treadmill. Instead, start with small improvements such as incorporating more walking into your day. Ultimately, the most effective exercise routine will be built around activities you actually enjoy. This could mean playing your favorite sports, walking the dog, or simply chasing your kids around.
According to research presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, mental health issues such as anxiety and depression dramatically increase the potential for heart disease and stroke. If you’re struggling, don’t hesitate to seek help from a doctor or a therapist. In the short-term, yoga, meditation, or even a cathartic conversation with a good friend can make a huge difference.
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