February isn’t just for lovers. American Heart Month also reminds us to take care of our hearts and consider our risk factors. In honor of American Heart Month, our team of specialists are dedicating this post to improving heart health among our patients by sharing 5 fun activities you can participate in to maintain a healthy heart.
5 Fun Activities to Maintain a Healthy Heart
Get Moving. Looking to boost your heart health without going for a jog? Try aerobic physical activities, or opt for another cardio option like a neighborhood walk with your family. Whatever gets your body moving and your heart pumping! To get the ball rolling, here are some moderate-intensity exercises for your heart and lungs that you can do to improve heart health:
- Brisk walking
- Play Tennis
- Swim or Participate in Water Aerobics
- Join A Cycling Class
- Go On a Hike
Cuddle. Looking to reduce your stress levels? Cuddling with a pet or a loved one has been shown to reduce stress levels, which is one of the leading causes of heart disease. During American Heart Month, give your pet extra cuddles, take a walk for some aerobic physical activity, or adopt a furry friend. Your heart and theirs will definitely appreciate it!
Have A Piece of Dark Chocolate Before Bedtime. There is a study showing that all kinds of chocolate may help lower your risk of heart problems. If dark chocolate is your favorite sweet treat, you’re in luck. Dark chocolate contains less sugar, a higher ratio of cocoa, and more antioxidants. Eating a piece of dark chocolate may even help you balance your cholesterol!
Have A Good Laugh. When was the last time you laughed so hard, you began to tear-up? There is research showing the greater your sense of humor is, the lower the risk you have of developing heart disease. Laughing at humorous things also helps battle against distressing emotions like depression, anxiety, and anger, all of which increase the likelihood of heart problems. The saying “Laughter is the best medicine” truly does hit home with this heart healthy activity.
Don’t Skip Breakfast. Breakfast can be the most common meal of the day to skip. We have all had those early mornings with no energy or appetite. A study of over 4,000 participants found that those who get less than five percent of their daily calories from breakfast (100 of the 2,000 recommended for women) were more likely to have clogged and damaged arteries than those who eat a high-energy breakfast (over 400 calories for women). So grab your fresh fruit, whip up some eggs, and improve your heart health with a tasty breakfast every day!
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