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4 Tips For Heart Health

Getting to the heart of the matter!

2020-02-13 | By: Snap Fitness

Did you know that heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the United States? February is American Heart Month, a time meant to raise awareness around the importance of heart health and remind everyone that no matter what age you are, you should be taking care of your heart.

Here are four tips for improving your heart health: 

<h2> Exercise 

Cardio

According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, exercise is an essential part of heart health. They recommend setting a goal of at least 150 minutes of exercise a week. While this might sound like a lot, it’s only 30 minutes, 5 times a week. At Snap Fitness, we use a heart rate monitor to make the most of our time and effort in the gym. Learn more about Myzone and the benefits of heart rate training.

Strength Training

It is also recommended to include at least two nonconsecutive days of resistance training into your workout routine to reduce fat and create leaner muscle mass. According to Hopkins Medicine, “a combination of aerobic exercise and resistance work may help raise HDL (good) cholesterol and lower LDL (bad) cholesterol.”

Visit the workout section of the blog to find a variety of Strength and Cardio Workouts you can do in just 30 minutes. 

<h2> Proper Diet 

A proper diet is an essential component of heart health. The American Heart Association recommends eating foods that are rich in minerals, proteins, whole grains, and other nutrients but are also low in calories. 

Do you want to add heart healthy foods to your diet, but aren’t sure where to start? When you’re grocery shopping look for foods that are marked with the Heart Check Certification. These foods have gone through a robust certification process by the American Heart Association to confirm that they are good for you and your heart! 

<h2> Stress Management 

While it is normal to feel a little stressed every now and then, too much stress can have damaging effects on your mental and physical well being. According to Ernesto L. Schiffrin, M.D., Ph.D.,  “When stress is excessive, it can contribute to everything from high blood pressure, also called hypertension, to asthma to ulcers to irritable bowel syndrome.” If you find it difficult to manage stress, try a few of these tips to help you out!  

<h2> Laughter

There is no denying that laughing makes you feel good, but do you know the science behind why we feel so great after a good chuckle? When you laugh endorphins are released from your brain.This feel-good chemical can aid in relieving pain and reducing your blood pressure. 

At Snap Fitness, we’re always looking for a good laugh. Head over to Twitter and send us your best jokes!

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