February is Heart Health Month and there’s no better time to have a heart-to-heart about ways you can improve your heart’s health as you age. Just because your doctor hasn’t mentioned that you have a heart condition, doesn’t mean you won’t benefit from these simple, small changes that improve Heart Health!
Eat Colorful Fruits and Veggies
Low in calories, high in vitamins, minerals and fiber — adults should get at least five servings per day of these nutrition powerhouses.
Sleep Well for Heart Health
Not getting enough sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and depression. Together, these four health conditions prove a powerful case that sleep isn’t just beneficial, it’s vital. Don’t watch TV or use other electronic devices before bed – or if you do, go to a different room so your bedroom is just for sleeping.
Making a list and conjuring the feeling of gratitude about what you can appreciate about your life every day appears to have a real effect on the smoothness and rhythm of the heartbeat.
Regularly exercising thirty minutes a day can improve your heart’s (and overall body’s) health! Whether you take a brisk walk, play the Wii, sign up for a weekly class, or enjoy working out in the comfort of your living room – the important thing is that you do something every day. Consider adopting a dog to get out there and move! Can’t adopt ? Volunteer to walk dogs at a local shelter!