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By Shannon Pierce
When it comes to improving our heart health, we may know to “eat healthy” or exercise from time to time. However, there are more opportunities you may be missing each day to maintain or improve your heart health. Whether it is what you eat or how you choose to get your exercise, try some of these tips.
1) Most tips for heart health involve getting off the couch and getting active. The number one tip is to get moving! Whether you sign up for a Zumba class, you go golfing with friends, or even just get out and go for a walk from time to time, you need to keep that heart pumping.
2) Not only should you get in your cardio each day, but the American Heart Association says to make sure to pump some iron. You may have heard before, the more muscle mass you have, the more calories you are burning all day long, even at rest. If you don’t know where to start, have a friend show you the ropes or look up an exercise regimen online that includes photos or videos.
3) We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. Get the heart pumping, This time, it’s cardio in the bedroom. Having sex can help lower blood pressure and decrease your risk for heart disease.
4) Now onto nutrition. Put down that saltshaker! When cooking from home, season to taste, but know that in restaurants or in processed foods, there is usually a high salt content. Try to cook at home more often so that you know what goes into your food.
5) Pick up that piece of chocolate. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that dark chocolate can help ward off heart disease. This doesn’t mean go all out on the Hershey’s bars. Try to limit yourself to just one square a day.
6) Drink green or black tea. Harvard University explains that they can not only help boost metabolism, but also help you have healthy arteries. Try them hot or cold depending on the season, either way will still do the trick.
7) You may have heard it one million times before, however the doctors don’t joke. Eat your breakfast. Try a breakfast high in protein. Whip up an omelet with veggies and a side of oatmeal with cinnamon and almond milk. Also avoid consuming too many starches, like muffins, bagels, or croissants.
Now get busy being Heart Healthy!!!
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