February is American Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States and every year, one in four deaths is caused by heart disease. Fortunately, 80% of premature heart disease can be prevented through healthy habits. By simply being aware of what heart-health numbers to watch for, you can keep yourself and your heart happy and strong.
The American Heart Association recommends that all adults 20 or older have their cholesterol and other traditional risk factors checked every 4 to 6 years. Your doctor will give you a personalized target depending on you, your lifestyle, Continue reading “4 Important Numbers You Need to Know for a Healthy Heart”
Healthy weight control can be challenging in the summertime for anyone trying to maintain or lose weight. Barbeques, cold drinks and ice cream can really hinder your weight loss goals. Here are some smart and healthy strategies to help you reach and control your weight, and still enjoy the summer!
Eat breakfast: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Skipping breakfast slows your metabolism and increases your hunger, and this can add up to extra calories over time. Even if you think there isn’t time for breakfast, grab-and-go options like cereal bars, protein shakes or low-fat yogurt are quick breakfast options.
Weight training: This type of exercise can increase the number of calories you burn every day while resting, and also maintain healthy bones.
Stress less: Being stressed can mean more weight, even if you’re not an emotional eater. The stress hormone cortisol can promote fat storage when it’s been at an elevated level for too long in our bodies. To de-stress, practice conscious breathing, try acupuncture, write it down, or spend time in nature. Click here for more tips.
Sleep: I know this is easier said than done for many, but one study out of the University of South Australia found that people who slept less than 4 hours on average each night, for just five nights, gained more than a kilogram of weight. That was compared to those who slept 10 hours per night and gained no weight at all. Continue reading “5 Tips for Healthy Weight Control”