Updated: Feb 15, 2019
We all know that February is a time for love. It’s a time to enjoy those tiny candies with simple affectionate messages, a time to find the perfect box of themed cards for your child’s classmates, and a time to go the extra mile to show your loved ones how much they mean to you. All that warmth and care takes a pretty big heart, so this month, in honor of Heart Disease Awareness, we want you to focus on being HEART STRONG!
Get pumped up about heart health!
Current exercise guidelines for reducing your risk of heart disease are:
Lower Impact workouts 30 minutes per day at least 5 days per week.
High Impact workouts 20 minutes per day at least 3 days per week.
Getting out for a walk on your lunch break, or riding your bike to a close destination instead of driving are easy ways to get in the habit of regular exercise!
What you eat really matters to keep a healthy heart beat!
Your diet plays a vital role in how well your heart functions. Foods that are low in sodium and high in UNsaturated fats are best. Check out the food pyramid below:
When it comes to proper diet, another thing many Americans struggle with is portion size. Check out the example below for the ideal “superfood” plate! As you can see, proteins and veggies should be the stars of your dish. Click here to learn more about healthy eating habits.
Do what it takes to start to have a healthy heart!
Prescription AND street drug addiction, alcoholism and smoking tobacco are guaranteed to have a serious negative affect on your long-term AND short-term health and, currently, our country is in a state of emergency. Figures from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids show that one in every ten Americans, over the age of 12, are addicted to alcohol and drugs, and the CDC states that almost two in every ten Americans, over the age of 18, smoke cigarettes. That’s around 23.5 million drug and alcohol addicts and 36.5 million tobacco smokers!
There are so many resources for these kinds of issues from inpatient and outpatient therapy or rehabilitation, to cessation medications. PLEASE take advantage of these resources. You’re never too far gone and it’s never too late to stop!
If you are struggling with any of these problems, we are here to help. Schedule your appointment today by calling (608) 233-9746. We won’t judge you, lecture you, or pressure you into any program or medication that you aren’t ready for. We know that sometimes, all you need is a support system.
With a healthy heart, the beat goes on and on!