It’s always important to be conscious of your cardiovascular health, but February brings a little extra attention to your heart as it’s American Heart Awareness Month. Here are four ways you can adjust your lifestyle to improve your cardiovascular health.
Understand Your Health History
Living a healthy lifestyle starts with understanding your family history. Genetics can play a role in heart disease and high blood pressure. Understand your risks and ask your doctor about those risk factors.
Focus on Eating Healthy
We’ve all been told to eat healthy our entire lives. Well, there’s a reason for that. A healthy diet is crucial to living a heart-healthy lifestyle. Use American Heart Month to start incorporating more fruits, veggies, lean meats, and whole grains into your diet.
It’s easy to sit at your desk or on the couch throughout the day, especially this year, as everyone has been working from home. According to the CDC, adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week. Plus, two days a week of weight training for muscle strength. If you're just beginning to incorporate daily exercise into your lifestyle, try walking for 30 minutes five days a week.
How many sugary drinks do you drink in a day? Are you drinking enough water? Take a few days in February to think about it and consider changing what you drink. Rather than reaching for your favorite soda, drink a glass of water. If you are looking for some flavor, consider an electrolyte water supplement. Staying hydrated and drinking the right amount of water each day can help your heart work more efficiently and improve your overall health.If you haven’t been as healthy as you would like, let American Heart Month help you to jumpstart a heart-healthy lifestyle. Learn more about these CDC recommended tips and more. If you want to start with better hydration, HidrateSpark smart water bottles can help you stay on top of your daily hydration.