February is Heart Month!
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, approximately 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. The good news is that heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Here at The Solebury Club, we are dedicated to helping you stick to these goals!
The American Heart Association has designed My Life Check … a quick and easy “Simple 7” checklist of things YOU can actively control in your life. These measures have one thing in common: any person can make these changes. The steps are not expensive to take, and even modest improvements to your health will make a big difference. Start with one or two, work your way up, and live a long, productive healthy life!
Manage Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. When your blood pressure stays within healthy ranges, you reduce the strain on your heart, arteries, and kidneys which keeps you healthier longer. Most pharmacies have free blood pressure testing, so check it often!
High cholesterol contributes to plaque, which can clog arteries and lead to heart disease and stroke. When you control your cholesterol, you are giving your arteries their best chance to remain clear of blockages. When was the last time you had your cholesterol checked??
Reduce Blood Sugar
Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose (or blood sugar) that our bodies use for energy. Over time, high levels of blood sugar can damage your heart, kidneys, eyes and nerves. Take a few days and keep a diary of what you eat. You may be surprised at what you see!
Living an active life is one of the most rewarding gifts you can give yourself and those you love. Simply put, daily physical activity increases your length and quality of life. Lift those weights, take a class, or just jump on some cardio equipment and get that blood pumping!
A healthy diet is one of your best weapons for fighting cardiovascular disease. When you eat a heart-healthy diet, you improve your chances for feeling good and staying healthy – for life!
If Needed, Lose Weight
When you shed extra fat and unnecessary pounds, you reduce the burden on your heart, lungs, blood vessels and skeleton. You give yourself the gift of active living, you lower your blood pressure and you help yourself feel better, too.
Cigarette smokers have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease. If you smoke, quitting is the best thing you can do for your health.
Keep your heart healthy right here at The Solebury Club!