This week, we shared a few happy heart tips with you in celebration of American Heart Month on the Westfield Facebook page—which ones really stuck with you?
In case you missed it, we outlined each of the facts shared below, along with a few additional ones, provided to us from the American Heart Association.
According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is a killer of both men and women—taking approximately 600,000 lives each year.
Luckily, there are simple ways to lead a healthier lifestyle and reduce your risk:
- Choose better options at mealtime.
- Make exercise and an active lifestyle a priority.
- Remain educated on the heart, heart health, and preventative measures.
Why wait? Start leading a healthier, heart-conscious life today! Learn how your heart works, and the small steps you can take to give your heart a hug, instead of a strain with the facts outlined below.
5. Your heart works to regulate your body temperature.
Known as thermoregulation, humans are able to naturally regulate and keep a constant internal body temperature.
When your brain senses a fluctuation, it sends a signal that your heart and other vital organs to responds to, and adjust.
4. Each day your heart pumps 1,250 gallons of blood.
And this is on the low end! ABC News shares that as much as 2,000 gallons of blood can be found pumping through your system, with an impressive amount of pressure.
This is amount of blood flow is good for you, as Common Sense Health reports that increased blood flow can be linked to lower blood pressure.
3. Because your heart is a muscle, activities that speed up your heart rate are like giving your heart a hug.
The New York Times notes inactivity as a major risk factor for heart disease. Exercise makes the heart stronger, which provides many additional benefits:
- Lower resting heart rate, which makes the heart have to work less to do more.
- Improved cholesterol.
- Reduced inflammation.
2. It is recommended that all adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention backs up this statement, based on the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.
You do have options in terms of how you can tackle this time commitment, outlined here with suggested weekly workout requirements.
1. Fitness experts say you can work out 10-15 minutes at a time and still reduce your risk for heart disease.
All it takes is 10 minutes of physical activity at a time?! While this may seem surprising, think about it in terms of the week requirement noted above. If you work out for 10 minutes, 3 times a day, 5 days a week, you will hit your 150-minute fitness goal.
How you fit the time into your schedule is up to you—your preference for physical activities and other life commitments. Whether you choose walking, running or yoga, the fact remains the same that it is important for your health to make time to be active!
- Your heart pumps blood that carries nutrients, oxygen, hormones and antibodies to cells throughout the body.
- The heart is one of the strongest muscles in the body.
- Heart disease causes 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year—approximately 1 woman every minute.
- Heart disease symptoms can vary based on gender.
What steps will you take toward a stronger, healthier heart? Share in the comment section below.