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Make Sure Your Heart Goes Pitter Patter

Elizabeth

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Feb 5th, 2013

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Valentine’s Day is kind of a Hallmark holiday, but something I enjoy buying into. Who can forget giving little cards to classmates or heart shaped candies with lovey-dovey messages? Well, how about giving your own heart a nice Valentine’s Day gift or better yet, give your sweetheart the greatest gift of all, a healthy heart.

Here is a basic guide to being heart healthy:

  • Aerobic exercise on a regular basis is very healthy for the heart and cardiovascular system. This is different than lifting weights or attempting to lose weight. This is getting your major muscle groups moving in a continuous manner, rather than stopping and starting. Walking for thirty minutes straight is considered aerobic. You should be able to talk to your walking partner, but if you can sing “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, then you’re not breathing hard enough to call it aerobic, and you might need to pick up the pace.
  • Heart health eating is fairly simple. Low sodium, high fiber, and limiting saturated/trans fats is a great start. When considering two or more items, choose the one with less sodium, more fiber, or less saturated/trans fat. Many foods have a small heart on the package, which means it’s a heart healthy choice. Check out Albertsons Markets new healthy labels, http://www.albertsons.com/departments/grocery/new-healthy-labels/

A few quick tips:

  • Eat more fruits and vegetable.
  • Prepare whole grain dishes or select foods made with whole grain.
  • Choose lean meats, poultry and fish.
  • Eat fresh foods rather than canned or frozen which are often high in sodium.
  • Portions, portions, portions!

Use this Valentine’s Day to invite yourself and your valentine to buy into some healthy choices that can help keep your hearts beating for years to come!

~Ron Kaz

**This content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your primary care physician.

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