While Valentine’s Day brings plenty of room for romance, this year it’s time to wear red for a different reason. February marks the beginning of American Heart Month, a period dedicated to recognizing the number one health concern in the nation. To protect your loved ones, EZ-ACCESS offers these keys to maintaining a strong heart:
Keep it Healthy
Nearly 70 percent of American adults are either overweight or obese, putting them at a high risk of heart disease. By exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy diet, you can help prevent heart attacks as well as improve overall health. To help make this possible, be sure to keep your goals realistic. Avoid crazy diet fads and stick with the basics by decreasing your red meat consumption with the replacement of grilled chicken, trading the potato chips for veggies, and finding an exercise routine that fits your lifestyle. Above all, avoid smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke.
Know the Symptoms
In the event of a heart attack, time is one of the most precious variables in limiting damage. If chest pains or feelings such as squeezing or fullness persist, it is not a time to be cautionary. Although this can be as simple as acid reflux, it is important to seek professional assistance to rule out heart complications, particularly if the symptoms are paired with back or jaw pain. Similarly, a shortness of breath, dizziness, fainting, anxiety, cold sweat, and nausea are also important triggers.
To preserve health and maintain peace of mind, reducing stress is an important element for your fitness. Find time each day for meditation or reflection. Look for opportunities to volunteer at events that are close to your heart and commit to achieving a wholesome sleep schedule. Hobbies are another way to find outlets to relieve potential stress. Taking up journaling, yoga or gardening can help ease strenuous thoughts and maintain your quality of life.
Although American Heart Month is only 28 days long, the impact of developing these important habits can benefit you year-round. By incorporating these tips into your daily routine, you can help avoid heart disease and improve your overall health. As a family owned company, EZ-ACCESS takes the security of your loved ones personally. Discover our story today.