Fit Tip: Heart Health!

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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.

 


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