It's Heart Health Month, which means it's time to take a closer look at the muscular organ that keeps blood pumping throughout your body. What's good for it? What's bad for it? Let's jump right in!
What can you do to keep your heart healthy?
Exercise benefits your heart in many ways, but two of the most notable are reducing your cholesterol and reducing your blood pressure. Improving your numbers in those areas reduces your risk of heart disease. Exercise, especially from interval training, keeps your heart healthy by providing short bursts of hard activity followed by a brief period of rest. It improves cardiovascular fitness and is considered one of the best forms of exercise.
Have you tried some of the interval training programs Beachbody has to offer?
If you’re smoking, make a commitment to quit today. It’s not just bad for your lungs. Smoking damages the lining of your arteries, which can lead to a haert attack or stroke. When you stop smoking, you can exercise harder and longer, which will continue to improve your heart health as well.
You can do it! Replace your old habit with a new, more positive and healthy one.
If you drink, drink only in moderation
Binge drinking can cause irregular heart rythmns called arrythmias. However, even regular alcohol intake can cause a heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure and high triglycerides, among other things. While we’ve all heard that red wine is good for your heart, it’s better to not start drinking if you aren’t already doing so.
Examine your alcohol intake. Determine when you have it most often, and why. Stress is often a factor, which exercise can also help with.
Stress is a huge problem, and one that’s often overlooked when people discuss heart health. A stressful situation can increase blood pressure. Prolonged stress often inhibits sleep, increases cholesterol, and increases cravings, in addition to increasing your blood pressure. This is a toxic combination for your heart.
Make a commitment today to be aware of your stress levels and how they are affecting your life. What’s causing you stress? What can you let go of?