Every Friday, Cooper Health Institute will provide you with their Fit Tip of the week. Check back every Friday for the newest tip!
March 17th | Fit Friday Tip: Take the scenic route home. Put down your cell phone, forget about the driver who cut you off, and enjoy your ride. Eliminating stress while driving can help lower your blood pressure and stress levels. That’s something your cardiovascular system will appreciate.
March 10th | Fit Friday Tip: Brew up a heart-healthy potion. No magic is needed to brew up a cup of green or black tea. Drinking one to three cups of tea per day may help lower your risk of heart problems, reports the AHA. For example, it’s linked to lower rates of angina and heart attacks
March 3rd | Fit Friday Tip: Brush your teeth regularly. Good oral hygiene does more than keep your teeth white and glistening. According to the Cleveland Clinic, some research suggests that the bacteria that cause gum disease can also raise your risk of heart disease. While the research findings have been mixed, there’s no downside to taking good care of your teeth and gums.
February 24th | Fit Friday Tip: Walk it off. The next time you feel overwhelmed, exasperated, or angry, take a stroll. Even a five-minute walk can help clear your head and lower your stress levels, which is good for your health. Taking a half-hour walk every day is even better for your physical and mental health.
February 17th | Fit Friday Tip: Pump some iron. Aerobic fitness is key to keeping your heart healthy, but it’s not the only type of exercise you should do. It’s also important to include regular strength training sessions in your schedule. The more muscle mass you build, the more calories you burn. That can help you maintain a heart-healthy weight and fitness level.
February 10th | Fit Friday Tip: Find your happy place. A sunny outlook may be good for your heart, as well as your mood. According to the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, chronic stress, anxiety, and anger can raise your risk of heart disease and stroke. Maintaining a positive outlook on life may help you stay healthier for longer.
February 3rd | Fit Friday Tip: Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Or get off a few floors early and take the stairs the rest of the way.