With all the love in the air this month, it�s a good time to ask yourself how your heart is doing. As cardiovascular disease is on the rise, it�s important to remember that there are many small changes you can make in your day to ensure that your heart is being cared for.
Here are a few tips to help show your heart some love:
- Get tested: High blood pressure and high cholesterol are key players in determining if you are at risk for heart disease. Knowing where your levels are,�is important as you can decrease both of them with the right diet: Lower salt intake, decrease fatty processed foods, reduce sugar and increase fiber intake can help lower both.
- Exercise: Regular exercise has proven to show multiple health benefits in individuals.Whether it be to reduce stress and anger, manage weight or�attend a�social event, exercise is a great way to ensure your heart is receiving the training it needs to keep on pumping!
- Eat a healthy diet: Food plays a significant role in how our bodies function. Fueling our bodies with healthy whole grains, fresh fruit/veggies, lean meats and limiting processed refined foods gives us the energy and building blocks to keep us happy and healthy.
- Manage Stress: Stress can put a damper on anyone�s mood. Knowing you are stressed and finding ways to cope with it is a step towards managing it. There are many ways to incorporate healthy de-stressing options into your day. It can be as simple as taking a walk around the block during lunch, talking to a close friend, a yoga class (or at home), getting a massage, writing in a journal, taking a fitness class or taking a dip in the pool or the bath.
Starting out small can make significant changes in your body, so don�t forget that the small things matter and keep that heart happy!
By�Kristine�Cline���Registered Massage�Therapist (Collegiate Sports Medicine, Red Deer AB)