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10 ways to love your heart

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10 ways to love your heart

1. Be active ñ The American Heart Association recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a day
2. Eat smart – Enjoy a diet low in sodium, saturated and trans fats, and rich in fruits, vegetables and fiber-rich whole grains.
3. Don’t smoke – Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., and the leading cause of death caused by smoking.
4. Know your numbers – Discuss with your doctor healthy numbers for your blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and body mass index.
5. De-stress – Stress can cause us to overeat, be sedentary or engage in other health-risk behaviors, like smoking. Take control of stress by meditating, writing in a journal or going for a brisk walk.
6. Maintain a healthy weight ñ Maintaining a healthy weight means healthy eating, regular physical activity, and balancing the number of calories you consume with the number of calories your body uses.
7. Evaluate your risk – Age, gender, race and ethnicity, family history and other medical conditions can all increase your risk of developing heart disease.
8. Listen to your heart – When warning signs pop up, pay attention to them.
9. Know the facts – Read up on heart disease.
10. Follow up with your physician regularly ñ Going to the doctor for regular checkups is a very important part of staying in good health.

This information was taken from Community Hospital Fitness Pointe Newsletter. For more information, visit www.comhs.org.

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