February is Heart Month and the emphasis is put on the importance of cardiovascular health and ways we can reduce our risk of cardiovascular disease. Heart disease affects approximately 2.4 million Canadian adults and is the second leading cause of death in Canada.
Certain lifestyle choices can affect our cardiovascular health. By making better choices, you can help prevent cardiovascular disease. Some of these healthy lifestyle choices include:
- Avoid smoking
- Eating a healthy and balanced diet
- Getting enough sleep (7-9 hours a night)
- Regular monitoring blood pressure and cholesterol levels
- Exercising regularly
The American Heart Association suggests performing at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise. It is recommended to do a minimum of 30 minutes a day of physical activity, five times a week. You don’t have to do 30 straight minutes of exercise if time is an issue. Your exercise routine can be divided into two or three segments of 10 to 15 minutes per day.
You’re probably wondering… how can chiropractic help with cardiovascular health? As chiropractors, we have vast knowledge in the way the body moves focusing our practice on the body’s muscles and joints. We focus on making sure the body’s musculoskeletal symptom is working at its optimal ability so that it can keep up with your lifestyle goals.
If you’re just starting to incorporate exercise back into your daily routine or if you want to start exercising again and you’re not sure what exercises are best for you, it’s best to get assessed to make sure there are no underlying injuries before you start exercising. You can also talk to any one of our therapists if you have any questions on which exercises you should be doing and which ones to avoid.
February is only one month in the year but making these healthy lifestyle changes can be something you can keep up with all year round.
Written by: Dr. Anne Trinh DC