Top 5 Tips for Heart Health

February is Heart Health Month in Livonia. At Ralph Thayer Automotive, we are celebrating the month by sharing the top ways that you can keep your heart healthy and strong. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S. The following small changes can make a big difference in the health of your heart.

1. Get sufficient sleep

Adequate sleep is important for heart health. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, sleep repairs heart and blood vessel damage, and chronic sleep deprivation is linked to increased risk of heart disease. Most adults require between seven and eight hours of sleep per night, but you may require less or more. The key is that you feel rested during the day.

2. Develop healthy eating habits

What you eat can affect your heart. The American Heart Association recommends a diet low in saturated fat, transfat and sodium. You also want to limit sugar intake and use low fat dairy products. Fill your diet with fruits and vegetables; lean meats like fish, seeds, nuts and legumes; and whole grains.

3. Exercise

Physical activity helps prevent heart disease. The American Heart Association suggests a minimum of 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise. In addition, it is recommended that you incorporate two days a week of muscular strengthening exercise into your routine.

4. Minimize stress

Stress is an inevitable part of life, but excess amounts of stress can cause heart disease. Take up activities that help to reduce stress, such as exercise and hobbies like gardening. Enjoy the activities and ensure that you stick to your commitment to reduce stress by teaming up with a friend or family member to enjoy hobbies together.

5. Stop smoking

Smoking cigarettes and experiencing secondhand smoke is bad for your heart. Commit to quitting smoking, and stay out of situations where others are smoking.

At Ralph Thayer Automotive in Livonia, we wish you continued health and happiness during Heart Health Month.