This Valentine’s Day, remember that according to online resources, chocolate, red wine, and other expressions of love can be good for you (everything in moderation of course!).
Ready to start your heart-healthy diet? Here are eight tips to get you started:
1. Control your portion size
2. Eat more vegetables and fruits
3. Select whole grains
4. Limit unhealthy fats
5. Choose low-fat protein sources
6. Reduce the sodium in your food
7. Plan ahead: Create daily menus
8. Allow yourself an occasional treat
Incorporate these eight tips into your life, and you’ll find that heart-healthy eating is both doable and enjoyable.
Both love and exercise are equally important to our Heart Health! So this February, get your heart pumping (literally):
- Use your pedometer to see your fitness progress. Join a group or make a date to walk together with friends, family and care-givers.
- Want a low impact workout that’s gentle on joints, bones and muscles? Aquatic exercise is a good option.
- What are the best types of exercise? The ones you do regularly! A well-rounded fitness routine typically includes three main pillars: cardio (walking, biking, etc.), strength (using machines, dumbbells, bands, etc.) and flexibility (stretching, yoga, etc.)
The Globe and Mail recently published an excellent article on the important of increasing your balance as part of a regular exercise routine. By challenging and training your balance, you also fine-tune your neurological feedback loop which is vital to prevent falls, improve posture and prevent injury. Read more about this topic and be inspired to exercise.