Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. The good news? It is also one of the most preventable. Making heart-healthy choices, knowing your family health history and the risk factors for heart disease, having regular check-ups and working with your physician to manage your health are all integral aspects of saving lives from this often silent killer. FEBRUARY IS HEART HEALTH MONTH. Make a difference in your community by spreading the word about strategies for preventing heart disease and encouraging those around you to have their hearts check and commit to heart-healthy lives.
Risks Factors and Prevention
You can take steps to reduce your risk of heart disease by focusing on your lifestyle and health habits. We at LifeQuest encourage you to come and exercise with us! We have so much to offer!! We have classes, cardio deck, free weights, heated pool, hot tubs, sauna, steam room, so much more!! Please visit lqfitness.com for more information on all we have to offer!! So, we can handle the exercise part but you will need to enlighten yourself regarding the health habits. Here are some easy ideas to get you started!!
- Start by knowing how many calories you should be eating and drinking to maintain your weight
- Nutrition and calorie information on food labels is typically based on a 2,000-calorie diet. You may need fewer or more calories depending on several factors including age, gender, and level of physical activity
- Increase the amount and intensity of your physical activity to match the number of calories you take in
- Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week
- Eat an overall healthy dietary pattern with an emphasis on a variety of fruits and vegetable, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, skinless poultry and fish, nuts and legumes and non-tropical vegetable oils
- Limit the amount of saturated fat, trans fat, and sodium you eat. (Read Nutrition Facts labels carefully!) note the per serving information!! Here’s an example for you- who likes Ice Cream??? (who doesn’t) Currently, a serving size of ice cream is a 1⁄2 cup (Really?) which can cost you about 160 calories and about 14 grams of fat. Let that sink in, when was the last time you had a 1⁄2 cup of ice cream as a snack?
Looks so lonely, doesn’t it?? So, it’s super important to read the labels! Like to eat out? Watch those portions, maybe share a meal with a friend or decide from the beginning that you will be taking home a doggy bag!!
In conclusion, we at LifeQuest want you to be the healthiest you can be!!! Stay healthy by exercising, staying active both socially and physically. Make it a part of your daily habits, we have so much to choose from at www.lqfitness.com and if you have never been here, or know a friend who has not, please bring them with you for a buddy workout. We can also give you a free tour of our huge workout facility if you have never been! (for directions here)
Some recommended reading for great information on how to spot and treat a heart attack, check out medicalnewstoday.com “How to Spot and treat a heart attack” updated Wed 26, July 2017.
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