Tips for Parents
Take Care of Your Heart This Valentine's Day
Yes, Valentine's Day is about hearts. But it doesn't have to just be about the "lovey-dovey" kind. Valentine's Day can also be about taking care of your own heart. After all, if you love your heart, it will be ready to love others, right?
Here are four ways you can encourage your student to focus on loving her heart this Valentine's Day:
- Maintain a Healthy Diet and Watch Your Weight. One of the biggest things you can do to love your heart is to eat foods that are low in fat, cholesterol and salt. High fiber foods are also great for your heart, as are plenty of fruits and veggies. If you eat a healthy diet, it will be easier to watch your weight.
- Exercise, and Exercise Some More. When you exercise, your heart rate increases, which builds up your strength and endurance. Try to get daily exercise if you can, but at least work up a sweat three times a week. This is how your heart gets the workout it needs.
- Take Care of Your Blood Pressure. High blood pressure is very bad for your heart. One way you can take care of your blood pressure is to try reducing stress and anxiety, as both can take a real toll on your body.
- Keep Your Heart Clean. If you smoke, take drugs or drink alcohol excessively, you make your heart work extra hard. And your heart can only do this for so long.
You and your student can also take advantage of the Heart Health Toolbox by heading to www.americanheart.org and typing "Heart Health Toolbox" in the search box. This website is a great starting point on the journey to a healthy, well-loved heart.
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