The month of February is American Heart month and there is no question that the outlook regarding heart disease is a hopeful one. Everyday scientists are discovering more about prevention and cures for some types of heart disease. But there is always more to learn. The Shane Diet & Fitness Resorts team cares about you and your health, so here are some discoveries to keep in mind.
People of any age may have diseases of the heart or blood vessels. As a matter of fact, doctors are finding more cases of heart disease in people in their early 20’s. They say this is because of reduced exercise and increased weight of American kids. Since being overweight is a general health hazard, losing even 5-10 pounds is a way to protect your health. The American Heart Association recommends a nutritionally sound, low fat, reduced calorie, and balanced diet – Just like the meal plans we have at Shane Diet & Fitness Resorts and the recipes found in our new cookbook, Meal Simple – The Camp Shane Cookbook.
High Blood Pressure is one of the most important risk factors in stroke. If you have high blood pressure, give your heart a Valentine’s Day present – an at home blood pressure (BP) monitor and use it regularly. Why? Because BP readings can vary throughout the day based on your diet, mood and the amount of exercise. But monitoring your BP regularly and reporting your readings to your Health Care Provider can offer a window on your heart health. It can also help with adjusting medication to the right dosage.
To get a reliable reading The Heart Association recommends using an automatic cuff-style, bicep (upper arm) BP monitor. Have your health Care Provider double check it to make sure it is working properly and that you know how to get a good reading. Refrain from smoking, avoid caffeine or exercise for 30 minutes prior to testing, and do it at the same time every day.
Adding spices to your meals can hike your metabolism and improve the old ticker! Penn State University Researchers served identical high-fat meals to two groups of volunteers. They added a mix of spices – including rosemary, oregano, turmeric and cinnamon – to meals served to one of the groups. The study discovered that the volunteers eating the spicy meals saw readings of triglycerides and insulin that were 31% and 21% lower, respectively, than those of the group that ate the blander offering. The researchers suspect that the antioxidants in the spices are responsible.
Make a play list of all your favorite songs and get up and move to them. You don’t have to over think how to exercise, just move. Did you know you use 300 muscles just standing still? So move the furniture back in the living room and dance to the songs that inspire you. It will lift you spirits, burn some calories and strengthen your heart. Better yet, grab a partner and dance a few songs together. Having a buddy to encourage you and support you is very important.
Most of all you need to invest in yourself. You need to believe in yourself. You can transform your life; you just need some help to show you how. Learn – Laugh – Lose! It really can be that easy. Shane Diet & Fitness Resorts can be the safe supportive program with people who are your advocates, who will cheer you toward change. You are worth the life you long to live. You are capable of bringing it to pass. It is time for you to bet on yourself to win!
Happy Valentine’s Day.