I have the best, most up to date health research
right at my fingertips working at the American Heart Association. Still, the struggle is real. Getting and staying healthy is something that
everyone, no matter how easy they make it look, must work on daily! It’s funny
that we call it Life’s SIMPLE 7 because some days it feels like the farthest
thing from simple. More like Life’s
Difficult 7 or Life’s Taxing 7. Each day
as woman, wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, co-worker, consumer, resident
and more, I am challenged to be my most healthy self. Like many of you, I am challenged by the
limited number of hours in the day, the various demands from home and work life
and, of course, by my internal voice always itching for what is quick and
How do I go from knowing how to lead a
healthy lifestyle to living a healthy lifestyle? Today I will share the recommendations of the
American Heart Association on the best course of action to get and stay heart healthy. This blog will explore the ups and downs of
being a real person, leading a real life, trying to be real healthy!
High blood pressure is a major risk factor for
heart disease and stroke. When your blood pressure stays within healthy ranges,
you reduce the strain on your heart, arteries, and kidneys which keeps you
Learn how to manage your blood pressure.
High cholesterol contributes to
plaque, which can clog arteries and lead to heart disease and stroke. When
you control your cholesterol, you are giving your arteries their best chance to
remain clear of blockages.
Learn how to control your cholesterol.
Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose
(or blood sugar) that our bodies use for energy. Over time, high levels of
blood sugar can damage your heart, kidneys, eyes and nerves.
Learn how to reduce your blood sugar.
Living an active life is one of the most
rewarding gifts you can give yourself and those you love. Simply put, daily
physical activity increases your length and quality of life.
Learn how to get active.
A healthy diet is one of your best
weapons for fighting cardiovascular disease. When you eat a heart-healthy diet,
you improve your chances for feeling good and staying healthy – for life!
Learn how to eat better.
When you shed extra fat and unnecessary pounds,
you reduce the burden on your heart, lungs, blood vessels and skeleton. You
give yourself the gift of active living, you lower your blood pressure and you
help yourself feel better, too.
Learn how to lose weight.
Cigarette smokers have a higher risk of
developing cardiovascular disease. If you smoke, quitting is the best thing you
can do for your health.
Learn how to stop smoking.
there is a reason not to, my personal challenge for today is balancing working
from home, writing a blog, getting my sick 4 year old to stay hydrated by
drinking water instead of the fruit juices, the list goes on – but first a