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Take Control of Your Heart Year-Round

By Brandi Swieter

American Heart Month arrives every year in February with a goal of offering preventative measures to adults with a high risk of developing heart disease. With high risk factors, such as tobacco use, inactivity, and hypertension, men and women ages 35 to 64 seem to be the biggest concern. Anyone in this age range needs to do more to take control of their heart and stop heart disease from happening to them. But it takes a year-round effort, not just a one-month binge.

Try a New Fitness Challenge

People can be put off from exercise after sticking to the same routine time after time. To make sure individuals are getting their fitness time in and working on their heart health, they should be willing to try a new fitness challenge regularly. Joining a workout class, meeting up for a run with a buddy, and even just getting outside with the kids to kick a ball are all great ways to incorporate new exercise methods and change up the routine.

Join a Support Group to Quit Smoking

Quitting smoking proves difficult for many people, but it needs to be done if they want to keep their hearts as healthy as possible. Joining a support group can help a ton, as it often helps to know others are out there going through the same struggles. Some members may also have ideas on how best to stay away from the habit and stay positive throughout the process.

Take Medications as Prescribed

Too many people think they can go off their meds after they seemed to have worked for awhile. Medications should always be taken exactly as prescribed, for as long as prescribed. Certain health conditions can exacerbate the symptoms of heart disease, so going off the medications that control them will do far more harm than good.

Limit Alcohol Intake

Alcohol shouldn’t be consumed much at all, but those who feel the need to drink should at least do so cautiously. It is important to limit the amount of alcohol being put in the body so an excess amount cannot do damage to the blood vessels surrounding the heart.

During the month of February especially, but also every month thereafter, people need to do better to take control of their heart health. American Heart Month focuses on providing knowledge about the heart and the many ways disease can set in from the poor choices we make. Do better and use these methods of prevention to keep disease at bay.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Kingwood, Tex.

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