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Heart health

Your heart is your body’s powerhouse and keeping it in shape can prevent a host of serious health issues, including the leading cause of death among Americans – Heart Disease.

Here are a few steps you can take to improve your heart health.

Exercise For Heart Health

Your heart is a muscle, and just like any muscle, it can be strengthened by a routine of regular exercise.  As you exercise, your heart builds up muscle while pumping blood and oxygen throughout your entire body.

If you aren’t already exercising, start with small, manageable amount of exercise of some type for about 20-30 minutes each day.  An almost-daily exercise routine that gets your heart rate elevated and blood pumping is key for good heart health.

Luckily, Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and surrounding areas provide a nearly unlimited and breathtaking terrain to get outside and be active in.  Parks, rivers and trails can be found all over our world-famous landscape.  Walking, running, biking and hiking are just a few ways to get outside and get active.  In addition, the Sevierville area hosts several heart-healthy events throughout the year, such as marathons and races,

If the weather doesn’t favor being outside, a home or local gym may be a convenient way for you to get in your daily exercise.  No matter where you decide to get your exercise, it is important to establish a routine to help keep you on track, and to find an activity that you enjoy.

Diet Is a Key Hearth Health Factor

Most Americans endulge in a diet that is high in sugar, fat, carbohydrates and sodium.  Over time a diet like this can have a very adverse effect on heart health as well as overall health.

Instead, choose a well-rounded diet with vegetables (especially leafy greens) and fruits, whole grains, lean proteins like turkey, and hearth healthy fats like those found in fish.  A balanced diet is a cornerstone to heart health, so make positive choices.  Take an opportunity to find some new healthy favorite foods you may not have tried before!

Along with food, make sure you are getting plenty of water daily.  Hydration is a key component of a healthy diet.  You can purchase an insulated container to keep plenty of cold water on hand with you throughout the day.

Quit Smoking for Heart Health

If you have a smoking (or any tobacco) habit, quitting is one of the best things you can do for heart health.  Smoking affects almost every area of your body, from your lungs to taste and smell, but it can be especially harmful to your heart.

The heart and body benefits of quitting smoking cannot be overstated. If you are a smoker and stop, in just one year’s time you cut your risk of heart disease in half.  In addition, increased lung function, lower blood pressure and other benefits can be found when you stop smoking. If you need help or have questions about quitting smoking you can call 1 (800) QUITNOW or talk to your doctor.

The Importance of Sleep

With jobs, families and commitments we stay busy.  Often we get up early and go to bed late. Most people do not get the suggested seven to nine hours of sleep and this takes a toll on the entire body, including the heart.

Getting a proper amount of quality sleep each night helps the body function properly and leads to positive mental health and heart health.

Let Us Help With Your Heart Health!

If you have questions about steps you can take for increased heart health, contact AFC Urgent Care Sevierville today.