Heart Health Month

The month of February is all about energy, vitality and maintaining healthy hearts. Focusing on heart health is critical for everyone and especially seniors.

Simply increasing movement can lower many heart disease risk factors. Regular aerobic activity strengthens both heart and lungs. Walking, bicycling, dancing and swimming are good examples. Golf incorporates cardiovascular exercise along with strength training, balance and coordination. Even pushing a grocery cart around the store is an aerobic activity! Motivation has been harder with COVID concerns. But our inviting environment is a strong incentive. Start with 2 ½ hours of physical activity each week. That’s only thirty minutes a day, five days a week. Effective chair exercises count, too.

Eating healthy foods and maintaining a healthy weight go hand in hand. Carrying too much weight increases heart disease risk, high blood pressure and diabetes.  Connect virtually with friends and family to create and work towards weight loss goals. You can even take a class online with a friend in another city.

The toughest goal these days is reducing stress. Stress contributes to high blood pressure and other heart risks. One way to manage stress and improve sleep is by meditation. There are many apps for relaxation therapy on line. Peaceful sounds can be downloaded from the internet to aid in sleep.

Harbor Hills is now offering fitness instruction with Fitness Coach Blake Bolen. Group sessions are offered twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays. Classes include strength training and aerobics as well as stretching and yoga. Individual training sessions are also available. Contact Bolen at 937-305-6908.

Make your self-care story successful. The people who love you are depending on it.

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