February is National Heart Health Month and the YMCA is doing their part to make sure you are in the know when it comes to heart health.
YMCA Personal Trainer Meredith Atterbery said there are a number of things you can do to protect and improve your heart health.
“The number one thing is movement. It’s walking to and from the mailbox a few times. If you’re moving a lot and your doctor suggests a little more movement, take the next step. Go from 2 miles a day to 2.5.”
Atterbery said stress is also a big factor when it comes to heart health. She said learning to manage and limit stress is best.
“First thing, self evaluation. Figure out what in your life causes stress and figure out how you can manage that. If you’re in your car a lot and driving a super stressful to you, find something on the radio that soothes you. Take a different route to avoid some traffic. It might take you a little longer, but you’re not in that rush hour traffic. It’s just something to calm you down a little bit.”
Atterbery said knowing your number is also key.
“Knowing your weight to height ratio is very, very important. Also your blood pressure, your blood sugar and your triglycerides”
Atterbery said if you know where your heart health is you can figure out what you need to do to manage it.