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Maintaining a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle

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Heart disease is the #1 killer of women in America. This terrifying statistic goes to show how extremely important a balanced diet and active lifestyle really are. Getting to know your body’s numbers by visiting your doctor, maintaining a healthy diet, and daily exercise create a solid base for continued heart health.

What should I eat to maintain a healthy diet?

A balanced diet for an adult woman should consist heavily of fruits and vegetables. Low-fat dairy, whole grains, and lean meats round out a balanced heart-healthy menu. Limiting certain fats, sodium, and added sugars is the quickest way to a healthier lifestyle; most of these come from processed foods. A high intake of sodium can lead to hypertension (high blood pressure) which puts you at a higher risk of heart disease and stroke. Limiting alcohol intake is also a must for heart health.

How much physical activity do I need?

No matter how you look at it, an active lifestyle is better for heart health. Not only is it physically good for your heart and lungs, but it is also shown to drastically increase your mood. An active lifestyle can decrease feelings of anxiety and depression as well. It is recommended that an adult female get 30 minutes of physical activity per day (30 minutes of increase heart rate) to maintain a healthy heart. If you are working to lose weight, an increase in physical activity and decrease in caloric intake is necessary. Whatever the physical activity is that you enjoy, do it as much as possible!

What else can I do to maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle?

It is important to schedule a visit with your doctor if you haven’t in a while. Getting to know your numbers through a heart health screening can help you know what you really need to focus on for a better heart. Have you doctor check your blood pressure, blood sugar levels, and cholesterol. It’s also important to get more sleep! More sleep can lead to less stress and an overall better well-being.


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