February is National Heart Awareness Month, and as young people I know we probably don’t think about our heart health too much. Our nation’s number one killer is heart disease, so it is important that we make our heart a priority! Making some slight lifestyle changes is an easy way to keep your heart in shape.
- Go to the doctor regularly.
- Have your blood pressure checked often.
- Get fit!
- Exercise often – for at least 30 minutes a day. It doesn’t have to be super intense, and it is easier to commit to this when you are doing something you enjoy like gardening or dancing.
- Eat wisely
- Eat low-fat foods and lots of fruits and vegetables for your meals and snacks.
- Limit your alcohol consumption.
- Quit That Habit
- Smoking directly attacks your heart, so trying to decrease/quit how much you smoke will benefit you in the long run.
- Stress Less
- This tip might seem nearly impossible as a college student, but it is imperative. High stress can increase your blood pressure. Try to be more positive in stressful situations and relax more!
Here’s to being heart healthy!!!