Is it a coincidence that National Heart month is in February, the same month as Valentine’s Day? Probably not; as we associate Valentine’s Day with love and affections of the heart. This makes it a good month of choice to raise awareness of all things heart! With that said, just what can you do to look after your heart this February?
Change What You Eat
A healthy balanced diet is at the root of all good health practices. However, there are certainly heart-healthy foods to look out for and definitely some to try and avoid or limit. Trans fat and saturated fats as well as processed, deep-fried and fast foods are not heart-friendly. It’s best to avoid or at least reduce intake of these, try to add or increase foods to your diet that are good for your heart.
- Flax Seeds
- Leafy green vegetables
- Whole grains
Exercise is a great way of improving heart health. You don’t have to go to the gym each day to achieve this. Walking is a great place to start! Try for 10 minutes each day and slowly increase the minutes and pace you walk each week. A brisk walk can improve health no end as well as clearing out a few cobwebs!
Once you’ve increased your level of fitness you might want to consider other ways to exercise. Swimming, cycling and interval training are way up there for improving heart health. Yoga and Pilates should also be considered, as they improve core and muscle strength. Whilst bringing calm and serenity which in turn can lower blood pressure.
Supplements of Choice
There are many supplements out there designed especially for heart health. Omegas, vitamin D, magnesium and vitamin K all have heart health benefits. With exercise and a healthy diet, you will be sure to have your heart, ticking and in tip-top condition in no time!