Content provided by the GBS Health & Wellness Team
February is American Heart Month, which is a great time to raise awareness about heart health and prevent heart disease. Find ways to show your heart some extra love this month by improving healthy lifestyle habits and encouraging others to do the same!
Physical – Cardiovascular exercise can greatly reduce risk for heart disease. Try something new to improve heart health, such as cycling, swimming, dancing, water aerobics, rowing, circuit training, or running.
Intellectual – Learning CPR is a great way to be educated and prepared for potential emergencies. Studies show that the chances of surviving an out-of-hospital heart attack increase greatly when CPR is performed on the scene. Take a class at a local facility to feel confident and prepared to protect others’ hearts.
Emotional – Express feelings of gratitude and love by sending family or friends a letter or simple text message. Acts of service are also great ways to connect with others and build relationships.
Financial – Practicing heart healthy behaviors doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Rather than paying for an expensive gym membership, go for a walk or try at-home workouts. Buy fruits and vegetables that are in season and on sale and stick to the outside aisles of a grocery store to prevent impulse buying.
Environmental – Taking the time to clean the environment is a great way to build relationships with friends and neighbors. Show the love by picking up trash at a local park or finding ways to tidy or improve the neighborhood.
Social – Promote conversations with friends and family by sharing about heart health and American Heart Month on social media. It may lead to a heart–to–heart conversation!