Among many other things, February is National Heart Month. What are you doing to protect your heart and make it stronger, or keep it strong if it’s already in good shape? Are you eating a healthy, well-balanced diet? Are you physically active, getting copious amounts of cardio and strength training? Do you refrain from smoking? Are you getting sufficient amounts of sleep? Are you avoiding the abuse of psychotropic drugs and overindulgence of alcohol? These are the basics that you can do to help your heart to thrive and to keep it pumping hard and strong.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) commemoration of National Heart Month offers a variety of tips and recommendations to help your life and health, and consequently, your heart. Additionally, the CDC’s Division of Physical Activity and Obesity leads strategic public health efforts to prevent and control obesity, chronic disease, and other health conditions through regular physical activity and good nutrition, all of which have a direct impact on heart health.
A favorite spot I visit frequently, an Internet website maintained by my former doctor who is now retired, is a one stop shop for all things related to health, fitness, and nutrition.
Dr. Gabe Mirkin has been a health and fitness guru who has worked alongside his wife and nutritionist Diana Rich Mirkin who have been passionate about bringing no nonsense information to their patients and to the public through their blog, website, and a radio show they hosted for something like 25 years. Dr. Gabe (that’s what I call him) is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. Mrs. Diana is a certified nutritionist and fitness enthusiast. Together, they offer lots of great tips. Archived files of Dr. Mirkin’s radio show is available on their site.
Whether you use the resources I provided for you here or you use something else, do something proactively to improve your heart health. Now is the time, and it begins with you.