Pump It Up!

Here’s the latest word on what you must do to keep your heart in fighting form. If you’re a woman of a certain age, you need to start thinking about heart disease right now.  The American Heart Association suggests following the seven heart healthy guidelines below.

  1. Cholesterol: should be less than 200, one way to help you keep this in check is more fiber.  Pick whole fruits over juice
  2. Blood Pressure: should be 120/80, drive down blood pressure by lowering your daily sodium intake
  3. Sugar Level: should be less than 100, reduce your by sharing the occasional dessert and cutting back on sweets
  4. Smoking: don’t start or quit! If you’ve tried to quit before and failed, go to heart.org for resources
  5. Body Mass Index(BMI): should be less than 25, Unsure of what your BMI is?  Use this iPhone app (BMI calculator, free, APPS.USA.GOV)
  6. Exercise: should get at least 2/5 hours a week of activity, adopt a dog, the worlds cheapest personal trainer, to guarantee you walk daily.
  7. Healthy Diet: Lots of fruit, veggies and whole grains. Eat at least one fruit or veggie at meals or with snacks.

January/February 2012  Weight Watchers Magazine

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