Wednesday, February 2, 2011

LOVE YOURSELF AND GO RED


February
is not only the month for love,
it is the month to love your heart.

But loving your heart
is an activity that needs
to take place everyday.

The Mayo Clinic
offers a concise set of strategies
for implementing a heart-healthy lifestyle.
There is a plethora
of health information
on their website.

But the short and sweet version
of how to help your heart -

1. QUIT SMOKING
When you give up smoking,
your risk of heart disease drops dramatically
within just one year.
No matter how much or how long you've smoked,
you'll start to see benefits immediately.
Today,
I want to congratulate my son, Mitch -
as of yesterday, February 1st-
he has been smoke free
for one year!!
My husband and I
are celebrated our
25th Anniversary
of quitting on December 19, 2010.


2. STAY ACTIVE
Guidelines recommend that you get
at least 30 to 60 minutes
of moderately intense activity a day.
Remember that it doesn't
have to be planned exercise.
It can be
housework,
gardening,
walking the dog,
etc.
Ironing is a great physical exercise -
believe it or not!

3. EAT FOR YOUR HEART
Heart-healthy eating
isn't all about cutting back,
it's about watching what you eat.
Most people need to add more
fruits and vegetables
to their diet.
It also means drinking
alcohol in moderation -
no more than two drinks per day for men
and one a day for women.

4. WATCH YOUR WEIGHT
Reducing your weight
by just 10 percent
can decrease your blood pressure,
lower your cholesterol levels
and
reduce your risk of diabetes.

5. REGULAR HEALTH MONITORING
High blood pressure and
high cholesterol
can damage your heart
and blood vessels.
Screening can tell you
what your numbers are
and whether you need to take action.

We can all reap the benefits
from a healthy lifestyle -
today and everyday,
please love yourself.

Friday, February 4, 2011
is
National Wear Red Day.
Show your support for
your heart
by following this tradition.

Blessings to all who visit here,
Lynn

**information gleaned from Costco Connection Magazine.
For the full article go to
mayoclinic.com
"5 medication-free strategies to
help prevent heart disease."




5 comments:

  1. Great ideas Lynn, I am working on the exercise, I eat pretty healthy, dont smoke, couldnt afford it anyways, LOL get to the DR for checkups, so doing pretty good. But Hey!! WHO wants to iron???? LOLOLOL Not me!! LOL
    Also, you need to laugh, keeps a person Happy and that has to make your heart Happy too!!

    Diana

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  2. That is very great advice. Having smoked for years myself like an idiot, I quit over 4 years ago and never have missed that horrible habit. I look at the money that cigarettes cost and think of the thousands of dollars I have saved not to mention my health. It was so "cool" to smoke though at 18 years old or so my friends told me and I thought why not. Remember the days when cigarettes were allowed in the hospital rooms even? Hard to believe. Lots of love, Debbie

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