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Heart Health Month

We heart February! Why you may ask? It's because February is heart health month and we are so excited to educate and remind everyone on heart-healthy choices they can start making today. 

It doesn’t matter your age, your heart is important and keeping it in the best shape possible will help to improve your quality of life and longevity. The heart is responsible for providing the entire body with oxygen, nutrients and waste removal. These are some of our favorite ways to take care of the heart. 


It’s no secret that exercising is good for the heart. Here are some movement ideas that can help you ramp up your routine. 

Elliptical Machine

Most aerobic exercises are going to be great at getting the heart pumping. Elliptical machines are especially helpful because they work the upper and lower body. It will strengthen your cardiovascular health if done frequently and the movement is easy on your joints. 


Getting your heart in shape doesn’t have to be repeating the same stale movements. Dancing, whether it be a class or dancing around in your kitchen, is a fun way to get your blood pumping. To get the most out of the routine, dance to fast-paced and energizing music. 

Strength Training 

Strengthening the body will help to eliminate body fat. A high amount of body fat can put one at risk for heart disease. Starting a strength training routine with dumbbells or training bands can help to create more muscle mass. Some research has been showing that more muscle mass may mean lower cardiovascular risk. Do it weekly with a group of friends to make it more fun. 


Never underestimate the basics. Walking every day or even moving your body every day for at least thirty minutes can make a difference long term. Walking can reduce cardiovascular events by almost ⅓. Start at whatever pace and distance you can and work your way up to at least five miles a week.


When it comes to matters of the heart, diet plays a pivotal role. What you put into your body impacts its ability to function at its best in addition to reflecting your mood. These are some simple ways you can switch to a more heart-healthy routine. 

Roast Vegetables

If you’re not the biggest fan of veggies, roasting them in the oven is a delicious and easy option. Chop up your favorites, drizzle with a little olive oil and throw in the oven at 425 for 15-25 minutes or until desired crispness. 

Say Yes to (Some) Fats

Not all fats are made equally. Some fats are good for your heart. This includes items like avocado, tuna, salmon and olive oil. Avoid items that contain trans fats. Consider a breakfast consisting of avocado on a slice of toasted whole-grain bread. 

So Long Sodium and Sugar

Of course, it’s nearly impossible to completely eliminate sodium and sugar from your diet. However, reducing them will make a dramatic difference in your health. Consider salt free spices for cooking and fruit in place of a sugary dessert. 

Heart Issues in Men and Women

Heart problems appear differently in men than in women. It’s important to be aware of the different ways heart issues present themselves among people.

Women: Jaw and back pain, cold sweats, dizziness, heartburn and excessive tiredness. 

Men: Chest pain, shortness of breath, pain in the back, chest, arm or jaw. 

We all need to be taking heart health seriously. Use February as an opportunity to start the year off by becoming heart strong. For more information on health improvement, visit NARA.