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3 Easy Tips for a Heart Healthy Lifestyle

February is American Heart Month

Just because Valentine’s Day has come and gone doesn’t mean that you should stop thinking about your heart. After all, February is American Heart Month.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in America, and it is more likely to affect adults 65 and older. The good news is that cardiovascular decline can be treated or slowed down. Even better news? You don’t have to manage your heart health alone. Involving your friends or family helps you stay on track, benefits their wellbeing, and it’s often more fun than working solo on a goal. 

Here are our 3 tips for how you and your crew can keep your hearts healthy all year long:

Please note that you should always consult your doctor before beginning a new fitness routine or changing your diet.

1. Eat a Balanced Diet

No, this isn’t a guilt trip about the chocolates you gave your sweetheart earlier this week–especially if it was heart-healthy dark chocolate. But on most days of the year, you should focus on adding a variety of fruits and vegetables to your meals and reducing the fatty and high-sodium foods on your plate.

Luckily, healthy dining doesn’t have to be boring. Prime West Knoxville residents have a leg up in this area. The full-size kitchens in our apartments make it easy to invite friends over to exchange recipes and experiment with seasonal ingredients. Plus, the meals served in our dining area feature fresh produce grown in our very own hydroponic garden.

2. Reduce Stress

Okay, that’s definitely easier said than done, right? Stress occasionally creeps in no matter how healthy you are. However, extended periods of stress can increase your risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. 

One of the easiest ways to fight back against stress is to make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Adults generally need at least 7 hours of sleep every night in order to feel rested and alert during the day. If you find yourself having trouble falling asleep, make sure that your bedroom is dark and quiet at bedtime and create a routine with calming activities like taking a bath, reading a book (not from a backlit device like a phone or tablet), or journaling to help your body wind down.

During your waking hours, meditation is a great way to help your mind and body unwind. There are a variety of apps and videos available to help guide you through the process, but meditating can be as easy as closing your eyes and focusing on your breathing. If you want to get your friends involved in your stress-reduction rituals, plan a get-together focused on relaxation, such as a movie night or a spa day.

3. Stay Active

They say that a body in motion stays in motion (hat tip to Sir Isaac Newton). The trick to getting in the 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week recommended for older adults is to find activities that are actually enjoyable for you. When the weather is nice, head outdoors for a brisk walk with the family or call up your friends for a friendly game of pickleball. On rainy days, you can turn on your favorite music and dance, take a fitness course, or stretch. 

If you need to stick with lower impact activities, Prime West Knoxville offers so many options for fitness classes, from drumming fitness and balance classes to circuit and strength training. Want to hit the water? Our aquatic treadmill makes it simple to get in your steps. 

Most of us know what we need to do for our heart health, but sometimes it’s hard to take the very first step. If you’re looking for a community that supports and encourages residents to live well, have a great time, and stay independent, please reach out. We’d love to see you at one of our events, and we welcome you to try out one of our fitness classes.


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