It's Heart Health Month and Hilton Head Health is celebrating by sharing 5 heart healthy tips! We asked our Health & Wellness experts what advice and statistics they give to anyone that wants to know how to keep their hearts healthy. Here's what they had to say:
Hilton Head Health Director of Lifestyle Education, Bob Wright suggests:
If you aren't currently doing any type of cardiovascular exercise. Just by walking 30 minutes a day,
you can lower risk of heart and health related diseases by 30-50%.
The Nurses' Health Study found great benefits in eating berries. Women that consume one and a half total cups (or 3 half cup servings) of blueberries + strawberries per week lowered their heart health risks by over 30%.
For anyone trying to lose weight or manage their weight loss, the American Heart Association studies show that people who sustain 3% weight loss have experienced clinically meaningful improvement in lowering cardiovascular risk factors.
Chris Varano, Hilton Head Health Fitness Coach promotes:
Interval training! It's a fun cardio workout option mixes high intensity and low intensity activities at varied speeds that allows you to work out your heart and your body. simultaneously.
Hilton Head Health Fitness Coach, David Chesworth encourages you to:
Find an activity that you enjoy to get you moving and get your heart pumping. My best suggestions are to start doing a dance class with a friend, playing tennis with a group of people, or simply taking a brisk walk around the neighborhood.
The more fun you have moving, the healthier and happier you and your heart will feel!