Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, causing one out of four deaths each year. And it affects men and women, young and old, fit and unfit individuals. That’s the scary news — but the great news is that we can all take steps to protect ourselves against heart disease.
It’s important to remember that a healthy lifestyle is a marathon and not a sprint. There are many things you can do to reduce your risk of heart disease. Some of them are a fast fix, while others take time. But that’s okay, because you are investing in an opportunity to live a long and healthy life for years to come!
So what are some simple ways to improve heart health? We’ve listed the top three here for you, and added in links back to more information on each of these topics.
- Know your numbers. Partnering with your primary care physician is one of the easiest ways to stay on top of your numbers, including BMI, cholesterol, blood pressure, and fasting blood sugar.
- Get up and MOVE! Log 150 minutes of physical activity per week and you can reduce your risk of certain chronic conditions — including heart disease. Get started today with strength training, walking, yoga, and any other activity you enjoy.
- Eat a well-balanced and healthy diet. If this step sounds like the opposite of easy, there are resources that can help you figure out where to start in planning healthy meals for your family. We recommend heading over to MyPlate. MyPlate is one of the simplest guides to healthy eating and extremely easy to use.
Make today the day you start taking action to reduce your risk of heart disease! If you’re ready to improve your heart health ask your doctor about a prescription for wellness, or call 1-855-395-8762 to speak directly to a health coach to get started