Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States? Fortunately, it is also one of the most preventable. This February for Heart Health month, we are sharing five things you can do to keep your ticker ticking.
1) Get Enough Zzzs
Sleep is an important part of keeping your heart healthy. Aim for seven to eight hours of sleep per night.
2) Watch What You Eat
Eat more fiber, cut down on saturated fat (found in meat and full-fat dairy products), and eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
3) See Your Doctor
Other health conditions can result in bad heart health. Go to your doctor to get your blood pressure checked and make sure you aren’t at risk for any conditions such as type 2 diabetes.
4) Get Moving
It’s important to move throughout the day. Don’t sit for too long and aim for 30 minutes of moderate exercise five days a week.
5) Don’t Smoke
Smoking is one of the main causes of coronary heart disease. If you’re a smoker, quit, and don’t spend time around others who smoke because secondhand smoke is bad for you as well. For tips on how to quit smoking, visit our Public Health & You page.