How sure are you that your heart is healthy and doing well?
Well, regardless if you're positive, we've got some AH-MAZING tips from Jenny Craig here that will ensure that your heart stays or gets back to where it needs to be!
They're actually celebrating the second year of their relationship with the American Heart Association, and continue to support the American Heart Association’s mission to improve the cardiovascular health (including Carrie Fisher!) of all Americans by 20 percent by 2020.
Here are some things you should be doing to help your heart!
Add a Pop of Color:
Fill your plate with foods rich in water, fiber and protein and lower in fat. This principle known as the Volumetrics® Approach allows you to eat more food, feel fuller and add nutrients with fewer calories. For example, mixing non-starchy vegetables, such as tomatoes, broccoli and peppers, into your pasta dish will lower the calorie density and enlarge your portion.
Physical activity is a key component to weight loss success and keeping your heart healthy. Increasing your level of activity will not only help you to burn calories, but it will also reduce stress. Try integrating physical activity into your lifestyle so that you’re exercising without even knowing it – run around with your children, park further away from the door or take the stairs. You can even do body weight exercises in your own living room during commercial breaks of your favorite TV show. Just move more!
Manage Your Portions:
You can still eat the foods you love, but when preparing meals just be mindful of how much you’re piling on. If you use the plate method, 1/4 of your plate will have a serving of a starch, 1/4 will have a protein and 1/2 will have vegetables, which you can pile as high as you like (without additional fat). Remember the first bite tastes the best, so no need to eat too much.
Join a Heart Walk:
Are you ready to make a commitment to join a Heart Walk and take a stand in the fight against heart disease? Not really sure where to begin? Take it slow! Just remember to start with a 5-minute warm-up and finish with a 5-minute cool-down every time you work out and be sure to stay hydrated. Click here to learn more about how you can join Team Jenny at a Heart Walk near you.
Break for Breakfast:
While it may seem like just a little meal you skip at the start of your daily routine, breakfast is truly the most important meal of your entire day. Not only does it help to boost your metabolism, it also keeps your blood sugar stable throughout the day. So the next time you’re moving a mile a minute, take a moment to slow down and grab a healthy bite in the morning. Your heart will thank you later!
That doesn't sound too hard — you could probably just add these things to whatever you'd going now to make sure you live a long and healthy life!
There's no reason not to take care of yourself, so if you've been dragging your feet… the time is now!
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