February is National Heart Health Month

Published: Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 09:51 AM.

 

Quit Smoking

We know smoking is bad for our health and that research shows quitting smoking reduces the risk of heart disease.  Now is the time to quit!

Consistent Exercise

Regular physical activity has many benefits such as helping you quit smoking, losing weight, reducing stress, lowering blood pressure and increasing HDL cholesterol. Doing aerobic exercise — using large muscles of the legs and arms — on most days of the week for 30 to 60 minutes helps your heart work more efficiently. Physical activities to improve your strength, flexibility and balance help you stay agile as you age. 

Manage Stress

It’s important to learn how to recognize how stress affects you, learn how to deal with it, and develop healthy habits to ease your stress. Stress is your body’s response to change. The body reacts to stress by releasing adrenaline (a hormone) that causes your breathing and heart rate to speed up, and your blood pressure to rise. Constant or continuous stress can be harmful to your heart health. The good news is you can actively manage your stress before it becomes a problem.  Understand stress triggers and learn how to respond to stressful situations at home and at work with stress management skills that work best for you.



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