We use the heart to symbolize the most important aspect of something, and with good reason. A healthy heart is the embodiment of good overall health. With February being National Heart Health Month now is a great time to take stock in your future by caring for your heart in the present. Heart health should always be a major concern for adults. It significantly shapes the well-being of our population and, consequently, neglecting the health of our hearts has become a significant financial burden on our health care system.
What Can You Do?
The road to a healthier heart begins with each individual taking the necessary steps towards improving their well-being. It starts and continues each day with healthy living and an active lifestyle. During this month of February, in honor of National Heart Health month, take the time to assess your heart and your overall health. It may seem daunting, but there are some simple tips to help get you started.
- Maintain a balanced healthy diet
- Exercise regularly, a minimum of 30 minutes per day
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Receive regular and necessary checkups
Let February Be Your Start
Let this February be the catalyst that helps you get on the road to a healthier heart. Implementing these 4 steps to your routine can seem like a lot, but taking it one day at a time and making the right healthy choices can set you on a path for better long-term health. In addition to the 4 steps above, you can also supplement your diet with additional heart health nutrients you may be lacking in your day-to-day meals. Many of us don’t have the time or the means to make the healthy choice in the moment every time. Taking a daily multivitamin can be the foundation in helping you live a healthy and nutritious life. Celebrate National Hearth Health Awareness Month by making sure you and your loved ones are getting the proper care and diet you need to keep not only your heart, but your whole body on track towards a healthy, happy future.
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- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: February Heart Health Awareness Month