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Top 5 Heart-Healthy Tips

2016-02-16 | By: Snap Fitness

Are there any more heart-shaped chocolates from Valentine’s Day lingering around your home? No? Good, because we need to talk about your heart health. Besides having the infamous romantic holiday, February is American Heart Month.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women. Your heart is what makes you tick, so it’s crucial to keep it happy and healthy. The truth is that while everyone is at risk for heart disease, even small changes in your lifestyle can result in improved cardiovascular function and health. Best part? These changes can make a difference in anyone’s life, regardless of age, race, and sex.

Have a heart and do something great for yours today! Here are five easy ways to improve your heart health.

Get Moving

What better place to work out than your local Snap Fitness? The American Heart Association recommends that you exercise at least for two and an half hours a week at a moderate-intensity level. Start with a brisk walk and build from there. It’s not about going fast, it’s about getting it done!

No More Soda or Smoking

Cigarettes and added sugar aren’t doing you any favors. Especially with smoking, you aren’t only harming yourself — your secondhand smoke is toxic to the people around you. Dropping these bad vices will result in other health benefits too, like more energy, weight loss, and less risk for lung cancer.

Check Your Numbers

Even if you aren’t a diabetic or taking medication for your heart, it’s important to know your blood sugar levels. Have regular wellness exams and talk to your doctor about the symptoms that come with low and high blood sugar.

Buy Fresh

We’re talking fruits and veggies here, and lots of them! Fresh produce is high in antioxidants that fight disease, which is perfect for your heart health. We love apples, apricots, bananas … they’re all good and easy swaps for healthy snacks throughout the day.

Watch Your Weight

Know what a healthy weight is for your height. If you’re carrying around extra weight in your gut, your heart has to work harder. With a regular exercise routine and heart-healthy nutrition, you have a great foundation for finding your healthy weight.

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