February is not only the month for love because of Valentine's Day, but also the month for heart health! Here are some factors that contribute to having a healthy heart:
Exercise. The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per week for heart health (if you want to lose weight, you may need to exercise more than that).
Diet. What you eat, how much you eat, and how often you eat play a role in determining your heart health. Over consumption is a heart breaker! Eating an abundance of food in one sitting causes our hearts to work harder, needing to pump blood to the intestines to digest the food. A good plan is to eat smaller meals and snacks throughout the day, avoiding eating late at night when our bodies are getting ready to rest and repair.
Hydration. Our hearts have to work harder when we are dehydrated, so make sure you're drinking enough water!
Caffeine. It raises our heart rate, so our hearts are working faster and harder when we consume caffeine. Imagine drinking multiple cups of coffee a day... Your heart is working overtime all day! Try sticking to one cup a day. (:
P.S. No smoking.