there are so many great articles easily available concerning heart health,especially during healthy heart february. basically they tell us that there are risk factors we cannot control and those we can. the number one most preventable risk factor is smoking. smokers have more than twice the risk for heart attack as nonsmokers.

uncontrollable risk factors:

male gender

older age

family history of heart disease

post-menopausal

Controllable risk factors:

smoking

high LDL, or “bad” cholesterol and low HDL, or “good” cholesterol

high blood pressure

physical inactivity

obesity (more than 20% over one’s ideal body weight)

uncontrolled diabetes

uncontrolled stress and anger

people who don’t exercise have higher rates of death and heart disease compared to those who workout. 30 minutes of daily activity is an industry standard recommendation. plus, I encourage the practice of moving when you find yourself sitting too long over a period of time(more than one hour), with the intention of establishing a lifestyle of activity. a healthy exercise program can help achieve and maintain healthy weight levels and reduce stress; both contributing factors to heart attacks.

how do we eat healthy? eat real foods, full of nutrients. this will provide you with energy packed days. avoid refined sugars, added salt and poor saturated fats. one tip is remove all the high fructose corn syrup that you can find; it is found in so many,many products.

stand up and read this post–out loud,  go invite someone for a walk,  get out and run, go for a swim, ride a bike, dance around the room,   just move—your heart is made to work—-ENJOY YOUR DAY ACTIVELY!!!

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