Give your heart a break during American Heart Month
Show Your Heart Some Love
You don’t need to train for a marathon or exile salt from your life to improve your heart health and avoid hypertension. Show your heart some love and get started on these four easy habits today!
Get Off the Couch
This probably comes as a surprise to no one: increasing physical activity decreases your chances for heart disease. But making time for exercise is easier said than done. It helps to remember that you don’t have to get the recommended 150 minutes a week all at once. Start small by taking the stairs instead of an elevator or walking to a place you would normally drive. It’s surprising how fast little increments of activity add up to help you reach your goal.
Not all fat is created equal—put the good kind in your body and replace junk food snacks with handfuls of almonds, pistachios, walnuts, and peanuts. A study by the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health found people who ate one ounce of nuts five or more times per week had a 14% lower risk of cardiovascular disease than those who rarely or never ate nuts. But don’t go crazy, nuts are very high in calories. The U.S Food and Drug Administration recommends you keep it to 1.5 oz (about 1/3 cup) of unsalted nuts a day.
Dine Out Smarter
Eating out is one of America’s favorite pastimes and a great way to connect with friends. But don’t throw away healthy eating habits once you step outside your kitchen. Don’t hesitate to ask a waiter how a dish is prepared. Is the fish baked or fried? How much salt is on the chicken tenders? Does that potato need a life jacket for all the butter it’s swimming in? Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to your dining options. Grabbing a healthy snack on your way out the door also prevents you from overeating. And with new deals every week, Lewis is the perfect place to stock up on guilt-free goodies.
Know Your Numbers
Your risk of hypertension increases with age and is more common in smokers and those with diabetes or high cholesterol. Hypertension often has no side effects, which means you should get your blood pressure checked regularly. Lewis pharmacists won’t only give you a free reading, they’ll provide you any consultation you may need. Visit or call a Lewis Pharmacy to make an appointment or get more info on services. Remember: if you want your heart to love you, you have to love it back.