February is Heart Disease Awareness Month

February is Heart Disease Awareness Month

At SportsBraces.com, our focus is keeping you active and feeling your best. In honor of Heart Disease awareness month, we've compiled a list of the Top 5 Ways staying active can help to prevent Heart Disease.

1. Strengthen your Heart

Exercising not only strengthens the skeletal muscles in your body, it also strengthens your heart muscle. Regular exercise that is right for your activity level will help the heart to become more efficient in pumping blood through your body.

2. Lower Blood Pressure

American Heart Association recommends 75 to 150 minutes of activity per week to improve cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure. This activity will also help increase blood flow in the small blood vessels around your heart.

3. Lower Stress

Activity can help lower stress which in turn will help to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Being physically active produces endorphins which act as a natural feel-good boost in your brain. Even just five minutes of aerobic activity can stimulate the release of endorphins.

4. Help you Sleep

Being physically active has many benefits when it comes to sleep. Aerobic activity improves both the quality and duration of your restful hours. Quality sleep can help to decrease the risk of: obesity, blood pressure, diabetes and depression.

5. Maintain Healthy Weight 

Eating a healthy diet and getting active will help the body to maintain healthy weight. Excess weight increases the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Any regular aerobic activities such as walking, sports, or even swimming can help to maintain a healthy weight. There are many other preventative steps that can be taken to decrease the risk of Heart Disease. To learn more, please visit American Heart Association.