Heart Healthy Activities and Diet Changes to Support Heart Health – Just in Time for American Heart Month!
February is American Heart Month. Did you know that, according to the CDC, about half of Americans (47%) have at least one high-risk factor for heart disease? But don’t fret just yet–cardiovascular health often comes down to making healthy choices, both in what we do and what we eat. Even making small changes to our daily routines can improve heart health and lower cardiovascular risk by as much as 80%!
With that in mind, I wanted to share five heart-healthy activities and easy to incorporate diet changes for the whole family, plus a bonus heart healthy workshop, to help keep our hearts – and the hearts of the people we love – healthy!
- Sign up for a new activity: Whether it’s aerobics, swimming, Zumba or yoga, a golf lesson or a softball league, studies have shown that family exercise strengthens bonds and muscles. Try something that you’ve never done before so everyone can learn something new.
- Join Springfree Trampoline’s Atlanta Community Jump Challenge: Get that heart pumping…by jumping! Help the Atlanta community reach 100,000 jumps in order to raise $1,000 for the Metro Atlanta American Heart Association. Hosted by Springfree Trampoline, visit the brand’s East Cobb store or Forsyth store to help them reach their goal!
- Backyard dance party? Yes, please!: This may sound silly, but dancing has a wide range of physical and mental benefits including improved heart and lung health, and naturally boosting your mood. Who knew?! So turn up the music and blast your favorite songs as loud as you want in your backyard for an impromptu dance party that everyone can get into.
- Take a walk together whenever it’s convenient for your family: Instead of wasting time in front of the TV, get in the habit of walking around your neighborhood whenever you and your family have free time together. Not only are you getting exercise, which is great for heart health, but you’re also getting important family time while enjoying fresh air.
- Swap heart-hurting foods for heart-healthy ones instead: We all love the sugary and salty foods, but those can be some of the worst foods for your heart. Stock up on healthier options like fruits, veggies, unsalted popcorn, whole grain crackers, nuts, seeds and more for snack time instead. Save those potato chips and candy for another day!
- Participate in Springfree Trampoline’s Heart Healthy Workshop: Join Springfree Trampoline for a heart healthy workshop where you’ll learn hands-only CPR directly from an American Heart Association representative, have the opportunity to take a 7-minute mini Barre3 class, learn about heart healthy eating and enjoy samples from Kale Me Crazy and watch a cooking demonstration for heart-healthy salad dressing from Olea Olivia!. Visit Springfree’s East Cobb store on Wednesday, February 21 st from 6-8pm to join in on the festivities!
For a little more background, Springfree Trampoline is a one-of-a-kind Smart Trampoline and the safest trampoline on the market. We own a Springfree and absolutely love it; there’s absolutely no other trampoline I’d recommend because they’re so much safer than all of the other trampolines on the market, and so much fun!
If you’re interested in purchasing a Springfree, they’re having a fantastic promotion for Presidents’ Day – with any Springfree Trampoline purchase, save $398 with free delivery and installation, plus a free Flexr Step ($199 value!).
What heart healthy activities are you going to incorporate into your daily routine?
Dance party all day every day! This is my kids favorite activity.
I think this would be a fun way to get exercise.