March is Health Month

We have talked about tracking our money, so now let’s track our health. March is Health Month. I will give health tips throughout the month. This will tie in well with March Madness. I found some tips from the American Heart Association calls “Life’s Simple 7”. The seven steps are:

Walk or exercise in other ways for at least 30 minutes five times a week to lower your risk for heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

Control your cholesterol. “Lowering and controlling blood-cholesterol levels will help prevent buildup in your arteries and reduce your risk of blockages that can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

Follow a low-fat, high-fiber diet that includes fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fish and other lean proteins.

Manage high blood pressure, which is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Keeping blood pressure under control through exercise, medication, or both can help reduce wear and tear on your heart and other organs.

Watch your weight. “Carrying too much weight, especially around your mid-section, puts you at higher risk for high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol, known risk factors for heart disease.

Keep your blood sugar under control through diet and exercise. High blood sugar levels put you at risk for diabetes, which boosts the chances of heart disease and stroke.

Don’t smoke. “It’s the single best thing you can do for your heart — and your overall health.”

Most of these tips are known by everyone, but the problem is implementing these practices into our everyday lives.  This is where we need to track our health. You can download an app on your cell phone to help remind you. There are several apps for weight loss and exercise. You can partner with someone, and both of you can encourage each other to help stay on track. If you are a smoker, please stop. I have stopped smoking for about two years now, and I feel so much better. I did it by using the patch, and taking a self pace stop smoking class. It is a mind thing. You can do it.

Let’s start tracking our health, because the life you are saving is your own.

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