Happy Heart Health Month! In honor of American Heart Month, here are five simple heart health tips that you can implement right now:
Your heart is a muscle, and like other muscles in your body, it needs exercise to stay healthy and strong. Finding a physical activity that you love will leave a lasting impression on your heart, and overall, health! Not sure where to start? Our state-of-the-art fitness center with over 75 group exercise classes each week, and our dedicated team of personal trainers will get you moving.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Living at a healthy weight results in a host of heart health benefits, including better blood circulation and lower risk of heart disease. We offer a full spectrum of research-based weight maintenance and weight loss programs and services in our CU Wellness Clinic and through structured group and individualized programs.
Feed Your Heart Healthy Foods
What you eat plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy heart. Your diet has a profound effect on blood pressure, inflammation, cholesterol levels, and weight (see tip above!). Look for ways to add nutrient-rich foods to your diet, such as dark leafy greens rich in vitamin K, berries full of antioxidants, fatty fish loaded with omega 3s, and whole grains high in fiber. Check our blog for recipe ideas and try one of our culinary medicine cooking classes.
Treat Yourself to a Massage
Massage promotes whole-body circulation and can increase serotonin and dopamine levels, while decreasing blood pressure and cortisol levels. High cortisol levels can lead to impaired health and cell regeneration, disrupted digestion mental function and metabolism, weakened immune system, weight gain, thyroid imbalances, and much more. The benefits of massage are exponential, so treat yourself to a massage today!
Taking Care of Your Mind is Taking Care of Your Heart
Strengthening your mental muscle is equally as important, if not more important, as strengthening your physical being. Mind-body therapies, including working with a licensed clinical psychologists or integrative massage therapies can help relieve stress, decrease anxiety, and create emotional resiliency that can help overcome life’s obstacles.