According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, February is American Heart Month. During February, the government agency encourages people to spread the word on how heart disease can be prevented, and we at PLR want to do our part! Read below for PLR’s tips for preventing heart disease!
1. Exercise -- Even if it’s just for a few minutes
Exercise is key to keeping heart disease at bay. Mayo Clinic recommends doing moderate exercise, like taking a brisk walk, for about 30 minutes on most days of the week. Unfortunately, life can get in the way sometimes and doing this amount of exercise just isn’t always possible. When this happens, don’t fret! Even a little bit of exercise can greatly increase heart health. If you have time during lunch, go for a short walk outside. If this isn’t possible, shoot for taking short 5 to 10 minute walks around your workplace every hour or two.
2. Eat a Healthy Diet
With all of the delicious food out there, this one is easier said than done! Doctors recommend limiting saturated fats and food high in sodium and added sugars. However, eating plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains is just as important!
For people who don’t have the healthiest diet, sometimes making small, incremental changes can be the easiest. For example, try swapping out salt for healthier spices during your next meal.
3. Manage Stress
Hahaha--right? But this one is really important.
While stress in and of itself isn’t good for your heart, the way that people sometimes deal with stress -- like using alcohol and tobacco -- can make it doubly bad. If you’re experiencing high levels of stress, try to cope with it in the healthiest ways possible. Add things like meditation or physical activity to your daily routine, or carve out time for an activity that brings you joy.
Lastly, we can’t emphasize enough the importance of getting enough sleep for managing stress.
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