3 Heart Health Tips for On the Go Women

3 Heart Health Tips for On the Go Women

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For modern women in Cincinnati, a chaotic schedule has become a daily norm. Between rushing to and from work meetings, soccer practices, errands, and more, finding time for anything but the essentials is (at best) a hard thing to accomplish. In the middle of everything, it is easy to lose focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. No matter how busy you are, dismissing the thought of trying to live a healthy lifestyle can be one of the deadliest mistakes you can make.

Consider this: In the United States,the leading cause of deathfor women, and indeed men, is heart disease. Unhealthy lifestyle factors are a leading contributor to high blood pressure, heart attacks, and stroke. Women who appear to be completely healthy on the outside can become a victim of heart disease without any notice.

Looking for ways that you can take care of your heart in the middle of your busy schedule? Review these top tips for staying heart healthy while on the go.

Limit your intake of high sodium fast food

It can be all too easy to skip the grocery store and line up at the nearest drive-thru for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Modern fast food establishments have made it possible to get any meal of the day within minutes. They’ve also made food taste incredibly delicious by adding excess sodium. A diet high in sodium greatly increases your risk of developing high blood pressure, a heart attack, or a stroke. When selecting your quick service meals, be sure to choose options that are lower in sodium.

Take supplements that support heart health

One of the quickest ways to take care of your heart is totake heart health supplements. Adding a daily dose of essential nutrients can support healthy cholesterol levels, proper cardiovascular function, improve circulation, and more. In addition to all of the potential advantages offered by heart health supplements, it takes nearly no effort to reap all of their benefits.

Be sure to get your exercise

When your schedule is packed, finding the proper time to workout can feel next to impossible. However,staying physically active is an essential componentof maintaining a healthy heart. According to the American Heart Association, it is best to get at least 40 minutes of aerobic exercise three to four times per week.

Make heart health a priority

With so many other things competing for your time and attention, it can be a challenge to add yet another to-do to your priority list. Among all of the things you have to do in any given week, taking care of your health (especially your heart health) should always be a top to-do item. Meetings can be rescheduled, shopping trips can be postponed, but your health doesn’t always get a do-over. With each new day, start adding each of the habits listed above to ensure that your heart stays strong and healthy for years to come.

Amy Scalia
Publisher & CEO - Amy Scalia, a Cincinnati native, is the editor in chief and publisher of Cincy Chic. Send her an e-mail at ascalia@cincychic.com. From growing up in the cornfields of Harrison and getting a Mass Communications B.A. degree in the bubble of Oxford, to living on the NKY side of the river in Newport and then Ft. Thomas, Amy Scalia has embraced Cincinnati with her presence. Her major life accomplishments include: being a mom of two girls and a boy, a 2010 "40 Under 40" recipient from the Cincinnati Business Courier, winning the "Best New Product/Service of the Year" Award from the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce and a national Web-writing award from ASHPE in 2007, a national feature writing award from ASBPE in 2006, and running three Flying Pig Marathons.