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How Can You Strengthen Your Heart?

February is American Heart Month. During this month, our team at AFC Urgent Care Centennial wants you to know how you can take steps to improve your heart health—not just this month but also in the future!

Let's take a look at ways you can start to improve your heart health.

How Does Exercise Play a Role in Heart Health?

Remember that your heart is a muscle. When you need to make your leg muscles stronger, what do you do? You exercise!

The same is true for your heart. If you want to make your heart muscle stronger, you need to exercise! Physical activity gets the heart pumping and makes it run more efficiently, helping it to push blood to the rest of the body.

Good Cardio Workouts

  • Brisk walking
  • Running
  • Swimming
  • Cycling
  • Playing tennis
  • Jumping rope

How Does My Weight Affect My Heart Health?

When you are overweight, you are putting more pressure on your heart to pump blood throughout your body. In addition, being overweight or obese can increase your risk of a number of health conditions, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes—all of which increase your risk for heart disease.

Therefore, it is important to do what you can to get to and maintain a healthy weight. Get plenty of exercise and ensure you're eating a balanced diet that's filled with fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein.

Other Ways to Improve Your Heart Health

  • Quit smoking.
  • Eat heart-healthy foods, such as fatty fish and olive oil.
  • Get enough quality sleep, aiming for seven to nine hours each night.
  • Limit your alcohol consumption.
  • Practice stress management techniques.

Are you looking to improve your heart health? Visit AFC Urgent Care Centennial today to find out your heart health numbers and learn what you can improve!