Keeping A Healthy Heart

February is Heart Health Month. Here are some things you can start doing today to keep your heart healthy and strong.

1. Eat Healthy

A healthy balanced diet is crucial to heart health. Eat more vegetables and fruits, introduce more whole-grains into your diet, cut out unhealthy fats, and limit your portion sizes. Also, don’t forget to treat yourself to the things you enjoy. A tasty treat is good for your soul, just don’t go overboard.

learn more: The American Heart Association’s Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations

2. Stay Hydrated

Proper hydration is essential. Your heart is constantly working hard to keep you moving, pumping around 2,000 gallons of blood each day. It is important to drink plenty of fluids to help your heart do it’s job.

learn more: Staying Hydrated – Staying Healthy

3. Stay Active

Aerobic exercises are all you need to keep a strong beating heart. Walking, dancing, running, swimming, and cycling are a few simple actions we can take to stay healthy. There is no need to go to the gym every day, just stay active and your heart will thank you.

4. Help Others

Generous behavior is closely associated with reduced risk of illness and mortality. Give a gift to someone or volunteer to help those in need. Your heart will reap all the benefits and you will feel great doing it.

learn more: Mental Floss: 7 Scientific Benefits of Helping Others

5. Be Happy

Negative emotion has been found to be related to a number of diseases. Stress and anguish can lead to a pattern of declining health. Research shows that a positive attitude is linked to better health outcomes, particularly improved heart health. Stay optimistic, love, laugh, create something, do anything to focus on the things that bring you joy.

learn more: Lifetothefullest: Power of Positive Thinking for Your Heart

There are many things we can do to keep a healthy heart. We owe it to ourselves and our loved ones. We have to do our best to stay healthy. Happy Heart Health Month!