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4 Ways to Improve Your Heart Health

 

by Nora Bass

Every woman can use a few simple ways to improve her heart health. Go Red For Women offers you the following ideas to get you on the right track.

1. Know your heart’s health

The first step to improve your heart health is to understand your heart disease risk. Learn how healthy your heart really is with My Life Check from the American Heart Association. Knowing your true heart health is the best way to improve its well-being now and for the future.

2. Workout and exercise regularly

Physically strengthen your heart with:

  • At least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity at least 5 days per week for a total of 150 minutes OR
  • At least 25 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity at least 3 days per week for a total of 75 minutes (or a combination of the two) AND
  • Moderate- to high-intensity muscle-strengthening activity at least 2 or more days per week for additional health benefits.

Unsure what workout is right for you? Get expert tips and workout routines on Go Red, including ideas for equipment you can use at work, moves you can do at home, age-appropriate regimens and helpful apps to track your fitness progress. You can also get your friends involved in your fitness routine by starting a walking group.

3. Eat heart-healthy foods

Your heart thrives on foods that promote its health. Learn about healthy foods and cooking tips to eat healthy every day. We’ve got information on the foods to avoid for reducing excess sodium, in-season fruits and vegetables, and healthy eating tips for snacking and eating on-the-go.

Go Red also offers delicious, heart-healthy recipes — the only recipes approved by the American Heart Association. Enjoy satisfying recipes like Linguine with Cannellini Beans and Summer Squash, Sizzling Flank Steak or Greek Fish Fillets with Cucumber-Caper Salsa and more original, seasonal meals.

4. Minimize stress and get enough sleep

Moms, career women, working mothers—we all do so much each day, putting strain on our hearts. Remember that your heart needs restful sleep to maintain optimum health and that poor quality of sleep can increase your heart risk. Need help getting to sleep after your hectic day? Learn these tips to de-stress.

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