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January 31, 2011
by Downtown Admin
February as we know it is the month of love. What represents love better than the heart? It is crucial to get to know your body and more importantly your heart. In the United States someone has a heart attack every 34 seconds. Statistics like that can be scary, but here are some heart-healthy tips to help you keep your heart happy.
1.Limit Fats. Simple substitutions in cooking can make all the difference. Instead of using butter, use olive oil, or switch to margarine that’s free of trans fat. Even when ordering your morning coffee, switch to non-fat milk and ditch the creamer! When you do choose fats, know that moderation is key.
2.Consume Low-Fat Protein. Your morning breakfast routine can easily be modified to make your heart happy. Bacon and egg lover? Avoid the high fat content in eggs by making the switch to egg whites and use turkey bacon, which is much leaner than standard bacon. When choosing protein avoid fatty meats and choose skinless poultry options.
3.Snack Smart. Snacking can set you back. It’s so easy during that 2pm crash to go to the vending machine and grab a candy bar. Instead, keep fresh fruits and vegetables sliced in your fridge to grab for a quick snack. Also, by keeping fruit in a bowl out on the table will remind you to snack smart and will prevent you from digging through the cupboard for chips.
4. Get a Fitness Routine. We know it can be hard to workout everyday. Set up a fitness plan that works with your schedule. The Downtown YMCA offers a 12-week program to get you started. At least thirty minutes of cardiovascular activity a day such as running, cycling, swimming or even power-walking will get your blood pumping and your heart healthy and happy.
Here at the Downtown Y we wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day and a Happy Heart!