February is American Heart Month! Most people think that heart disease is a man’s problem, however, did you know that heart disease is the number one killer of women? Dancing is a great way to keep your heart healthy and strong, lessening your chance of getting heart disease!
3 easy steps to keep your heart healthy:
- Exercise- Dance! Cross train! Break a sweat! Exercising for at least 30 minutes a day will help to reduce your stress levels, keeping your heart healthy and strong!
- Eat Right- Eat lots of fruits and veggies. Cut down on sugars and trans fats. Swap a portion of red meat for a portion of fish. Trade a sugary cookie for a hand full of carrots. Use olive oil instead of butter when cooking.
- Don’t Smoke- Smokers have a higher risk than non-smokers of developing many disorders that can eventually lead to heart disease. Need help quitting? Visit www.nysmokefree.com/
Did you know?
- More women than men die each year of heart disease.
- According to the American Heart Association the recommended age to
start cardiovascular screening tests is 20 years old.
- More women die of heart disease than breast cancer.
- The heart weighs less then one pound.
- Your heartbeat is strong enough to shoot blood a distance of 30 feet.
- Your heart beats about 35 million times per year.
To learn more about your heart and how to keep it healthy visit American Heart Association’s website.