With Valentine’s Day around the corner, you may be thinking about a special someone, but February is also the time to think about your heart health.
This February, we encouraged you to show your heart some love and make a change that will improve your heart health.
“Nine in ten Canadians have at least one risk factor for heart disease and stroke,” according to the Heart and Stroke. And, almost 80 per cent of premature heart disease and stroke can be prevented through healthy lifestyle habits. This means that healthy lifestyle habits like being active, eating a well-balanced diet and living smoke-free, have a BIG impact on your heart health.
Here are 5 lifestyle habits to improve your heart health¹:
Get active. All it takes is 30 minutes of moderate physical activity each day to keep your heart healthy.
Reduce stress. Meditation, yoga or unplugging from electronic devices, such as your phone or laptop, are just some of the ways you can reduce stress in your life.
Eat a healthy diet. Start with reducing your sodium intake and eating a diet that is rich in whole grains, vegetables and fruits.
Live smoke-free. Living smoke-free doesn’t only benefit you, but also those around you.
Limit alcohol consumption. Drink alcohol only in moderation.
A healthy heart is a happy heart. Why not embrace a healthier lifestyle this month, and every month? Your heart–and your health–will thank you for it.
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 Adapted from “10 ways to control high blood pressure without medication”.