The month of February is not only dedicated to Valentine's and honored Presidents, but also to your heart health. Here are a few suggestions to care for that most important organ.
Get moving! Yes, you hear it all the time, exercise, exercise, exercise. This can conjure up anxious visions of embarrassing hot yoga classes or making a fool of yourself in the gym, but it's really as simple as going for a walk everyday; or taking the stairs instead of the elevator; or getting up from your desk to talk to a co-worker instead of emailing them. The point is, just move! Take a look at 10 Simple Ways to Get Moving
Pick a fruit or vegetable. A diet rich in fruits and veggies can lower the risk of stroke and heart disorders. It's recommended that we eat two cups of fruit and three cups of veggies each day. A 1/2 cup is the equivalent of a serving - an apple, an orange, a banana - or a 1/2 cup of baby carrots, snap peas, or sliced bell pepper. You can buy pre-cut bagged vegetables in the produce section. Quick Tips: Adding Fruits and Vegetables to Your Diet
Check your numbers. At the very least, be aware of your cholesterol and blood pressure, but it's worthwhile to note your fasting blood glucose, weight, body mass index, and waist circumference. See Numbers That Count for a Healthy Heart. And get that annual physical - it's considered preventative and most insurances cover it at 100%.
Even if it's been a few years since you've paid much attention to your heart health, and it might show, any small action like the ones mentioned above can start you on a positive path to better health. Listen to your heart!
About the Author: Kelly Conner Young, GRI
Kelly is an Associate Broker with The Platinum Group Realtors. She has over 15 years experience in Real Estate in the Colorado Springs and Front Range region of Colorado. She represents buyers and sellers of real estate buying homes, land for sale and mountain property getaways. Specific areas include: Black Forest, Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Divide, Falcon, Downtown, Manitou Springs, Monument, Old Colorado City, Westside, Woodmen Hills and Woodland Park. You can reach her at 719-226-0126 or by clicking "email the author" above.