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Maintain a Healthy Heart Caring for Your Most Vital Muscle
is important to our health. A study done last spring by researchers at the University of Helsinki found that social isolation and loneliness are risk factors for heart disease and stroke. We thrive on supportive relationships and a network of people who care about us. You might find this through a club like Fore Court or by reaching out to friends and family you haven’t connected with in a while. Combining activities that are social and active is a winning combination for your heart. Keep those relationships thriving by telling the people you care about how much they mean to you. Our club offers the winning trifecta of heart-healthy activities. Thanks to our energetic instructors and enthusiastic members, classes and matches are social activities that also get your heart pumping. If you haven’t given them a try, our Ladies Lift and Men’s FIT programs are great ways to get started.
additional ways the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the AHA recommend to improve your heart health. MAKE TIME FOR MOVEMENT You might feel hard-pressed to commit to an hour-long workout, but folks at the NHLBI remind us that little bursts of physical activity and small changes to your day, like parking further away from work, taking the stairs, and getting up at work and walking around the office, can make a big difference. The NHLBI suggests that you use these activities to build up to at least 2 1/2 hours of physical activity a week. FIND WAYS TO MANAGE STRESS We’d all like to remove stress from our lives altogether, but that’s probably not realistic. (I’ve finally accepted that taking the trash out is part of life.) Part of healthy living is learning to live with stress and express it in healthy ways. Physical activity is one of the best ways to do that. Learning to accept and let go of, rather than fight, stressful thoughts through activities like yoga, meditation, and counseling can also be effective. PARTICIPATE IN SOCIAL ACTIVITIES I’m not suggesting you need to go on a speed date, but having a social network
In addition to Valentine’s Day, there was another event last month that is worth noting: Heart Health Awareness Month. It reminded me what an important topic this is. Heart disease affects far too many Americans — in fact, it’s the leading cause of death in our country. It’s time to change that. Association (AHA) and other organizations encourage us to improve our heart health and support our loved ones in doing the same. There are small changes we can all make to improve our health and reduce our risk of heart disease. One of the many events organized by the AHA seeks to create awareness around the prevalence of heart disease and stroke in women. The American Heart Association (AHA) points out that women often tend to think of those around them before caring for themselves, sometimes to the detriment of their own health. As the AHA says, “If you don’t make your health a priority, who will?” It’s an important reminder to women and men to make time for healthy behaviors like eating well, moving more, and managing blood pressure. Here are some of the Through a variety of events and organizations, the American Heart
What are your favorite heart healthy activities? I’d love to hear about them.
Until next month,
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