It’s no secret that a healthy heart can lead to a longer life, but why? What is it about the condition of your heart that can determine how long it may or may not be able to support your body? By learning about the anatomy and function of the heart, you can easily understand how it pumps blood throughout your body, and what you can do to make it’s job a little easier. Here are a handful of heart health do’s and don’ts to follow:
So far this month we’ve covered eating less sugar, owning up to fitness, and eating more veggies. For the last installment of our L.O.V.E. month, we are going to talk about EXERCISE. One of the best ways to keep your body healthy and happy is to exercise regularly. Don’t get scared off when you hear the word exercise, because it’s not as scary as it may sound. You can exercise your body doing countless things that are fun and already part of your day.
If you take your dog for a walk, jog for part of the time. If you go shopping at the mall, park really far away from the entrance. Take the stairs any chance you get. When you watch TV, do push ups, crunches and tricep dips during commercials. These are a few examples of how you can fit exercise into your day without much effort.
Beyond this, it would be great if you set aside at least 30 minutes, 3 days a week for dedicated exercise time. You could go for a brisk walk or jog, do an exercise DVD in your living room, or go for a bike ride. Each time you exercise, record it on the Diet Tools Exercise Tracker to see just how many calories you burned. Over time, this will become a habit and you’ll start to see weight loss results. Better yet, you’ll be good on the inside and feel more love for yourself.
February is the month of love, so we want to focus on different ways we can show love to ourselves that will help us feel better about ourselves. Love is something that we give and receive, but the more love we feel for ourselves, the more love we have to share with others. So, if you want to feel more self love, try lowering your sugar intake for the entire month. This is one simple way you can help your body feel healthier and more energized. Here are 5 things you can do to lower your monthly sugar intake:
1. Spread peanut butter on your toast instead of jam
2. Use honey instead of sugar on your coffee or tea
3. Skip the breakfast cereal and eat old fashioned oats with fresh berries
4. Instead of brownies, dip strawberries in dark chocolate for dessert
5. Ditch soda, including diet soda for an entire month
Track these dietary changes on our FREE Food Calorie Tracker to see how many calories you can save. Over time these small changes can make a big difference. Don’t worry, just because you’re cutting out sugar doesn’t mean you’ll be any less sweet!
Happy February!!! We have a brand new challenge for you this month that embraces all things love. Well, all things love and health and fitness. We want you to pick one L.O.V.E. goal to focus on this month to really show yourself some love.
L: Less Sugar - Reduce the amount of sugar you eat each day.
O: Own Up to Fitness - Keep a daily journal of your exercise and activity levels.
V: Veggies Galore - Adding vegetables to your diet is a great way to improve health and lose weight. If this is an area you struggle with, this could be the goal for you.
E: Exercise Three Days a Week - Exercise is great for your heart. If getting up and moving is not a part of your life, make this your goal for the month and see the benefits that come from exercise.
We are excited for this challenge! So, pick one goal and tell us what it is.
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