Protection 1 is proud to recognize February as National Heart Month. While we know the importance of protecting your home, we would also like to take this time to join in the awareness of supporting a healthy heart. Don’t let heart disease, the leading killer of men and women in our country, get the best of you! Follow these tips and you’ll be on the road to a healthy heart in no time…
1. Limit the salt. Eating too much salt leads to high blood pressure, a major contributor to heart disease and stroke. The recommended amount is 2,300 mg a day, while most people eat about 3,400 mg. Limiting your salt is a good first step to controlling blood pressure. Try eating more fruits and vegetables instead of processed food to lessen your sodium intake.
2. Try some new moves with exercise. Don’t be shy; if there are people out there Prancercising, you can hit the pavement walking without a problem! Exercise will pay off big in your fight against heart disease by strengthening the heart muscle and lowering your stress levels. Always check with your physician before starting any exercise program.
3. Don’t sweat the small stuff! If you’ve always wished you could stop and smell the roses, this is your chance. Take all that time you spend worrying about things you have no control over and spend it on some quiet time with positive thoughts and images. Regularly meditating will lower your blood pressure and give you the much needed peace and quiet you deserve!
4. It’s no secret that smoking increases your risk of heart disease. Talk to your physician and friends about kicking the habit. You’ll get the support you need from both sources and save money on your life insurance to boot!
Visit the American Heart Association at www.heart.org for more tips to protecting your heart!