Los Angeles, CA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 02/20/2014 -- February shouldn’t only be remembered for that one holiday filled with red hearts – it’s also American Heart Month which is a perfect time to review things that we can do every day to maintain and improve overall heart health.
Exercise is often the most talked about way to improve heart health as its benefits extend beyond the heart to the whole body, but it still merits mention how important it is to be physically active for increased benefits to the heart. 150 minutes each week of moderate-intensity exercise is the recommendation, but this can be started off slowly if one is currently a couch potato. Finding interests, seeking out social exercise, and prioritizing activity are ways to help get started on a program that will provide lifelong health benefits.
In addition to exercise, one of the most important things a person can do for their heart and their whole body is maintaining a healthy diet. Keeping portions in control will help manage weight which aids in benefiting the heart, and making sure a diet is rich in fiber and other nutrients and low in fat are also beneficial.
Keep in mind that not all fats are created equally. Trans fats found in processed foods should be consumed minimally if at all, but a diet should include healthy mono- or polyunsaturated fats. These can be found in olive, sunflower, and canola oils or in avocados, nuts and seeds.
Reducing consumption of processed foods will also help reduce sodium intake, which is also important for maintaining a healthy heart. Diets high in sodium can lead to an increase in blood pressure, which can put added strain on the heart.
Keeping regularly scheduled physicals is also important to monitor how the heart is doing, and what a person can do to improve their heart health. This month, love one of the most important organs in the body by starting something new that will benefit the heart and overall health.
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