|Heart health is important all year long.|
Valentine’s Day and February’s designation as American Heart Month remind people to care for their hearts. But don’t make that a one-month commitment. Show your heart some love year-round with these five simple healthy aging tips:
- Be sweet — Instead of eating chocolate, try blueberries or strawberries. These heart-healthy treats are filled with natural antioxidants that can help keep your arteries open.
- Move to the beat — Grab a partner and do some fancy footwork. Any activity that gets you moving, such as dancing or walking, can help increase blood circulation, reduce stress and protect your heart.
- Do your thing — Activities such as painting, writing, yoga and meditation can help slow your heart and breathing rates and lower your blood pressure.
- Avoid tobacco — If you smoke, join a support group to help you quit and talk to your doctor about medications that can help increase your chances of kicking the habit.
- Maintain a healthy weight — If you are overweight, losing as little as 10 pounds can make a difference and lower your risk of heart problems.
Do something good for your heart. Living a healthy lifestyle can help your heart stay strong for years to come. For more ES&H tips and a chance to win a prize, log-on to the ES&H website and click on Take-Five Tools/Challenge.
— John B. Dawson.