February is Heart Health Month

January 23, 2018

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Show your heart a little extra TLC this February.  Small lifestyle changes can yield big benefits that will keep that vital organ healthy and happy.

Get Physical: Make a plan to include some physical activity each and every day.  Don’t worry about going to a gym—even 10 minutes of movement several times a day helps.  Take a walk around the block, or even up and down the aisles of the grocery store. The NNORC also offers your choice of two yoga classes each week.  Good exercise and great for stress management!

Take a Snooze:  Lack of sleep can be associated with high cholesterol and blood pressure.  Adults need 7-9 hours each night for good health. To recharge your physical and mental batteries, develop a bedtime routine to help yourself fall asleep and stay asleep

Shape Up Your Recipes:  Give your favorite recipes a makeover by reducing salt and saturated fats.  For example, substitute low-fat yogurt for sour cream, explore taste-enhancing herbs and spices instead of salt.

Feeling the Pressure:  Nearly 1 in 3 adults have high blood pressure, and more than half of them don’t have it under control.  Self-monitor your pressure and know your numbers.  Normal blood pressure greatly reduces your risk for heart attack or stroke.  If those numbers are high talk with your health care provider.

Play Together:  Spending time with family, friends and pets can help reduce stress and contribute to heart health.  Pursue hobbies that interest you and give you pleasure—invite a friend to join you.

(Adapted from “LiveWell San Diego”)