Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest killer causing around 82,000 deaths a year and around one in five men and one in eight women die from the disease.
So how can we combine the romance of valentines with improving the health of our heart this month?
Well one of the ways is to look at exercise and a healthy diet together.
When couples work out together they can achieve more, being a great support to each other along the way.
Quite often when you are trying to adapt a healthier lifestyle, perhaps exercising more or adopting a healthy eating plan, if your partner is doing it as well it becomes a lot easier.
You are there to support each other, and also to be accountable to each other, if you are both cutting out biscuits for example, then you will think twice before sitting down in front of each other with a pack of biscuits....am I right??
I have come up with my 5 Top Tips to improve the health of your heart.....
Eating a Mediterranean diet
“A 2013 study showed the Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of coronary heart disease by 30% and prevents weight gain which puts pressure on your heart, the diet also helps to prevent further worsening of existing heart disease and it’s NEVER too late to start eating healthily.”
“Too much salt can cause high blood pressure, which increases the risk of developing coronary heart disease. Check the salt content of any pre-packaged food you buy.”
No processed foods
“There are lots of hidden saturated fats, sugars and salts in processed food, fast food, and ready meals. I would strongly advise people to check the content of the ingredients of any food they buy and start cooking from scratch together.”
“Smokers are twice as likely as non-smokers to have heart disease, with all the health issues it causes it is the most important thing you can do for your heart.”
Joining a Class Together
“The heart is the most important muscle and just a small amount of intense exercise will keep it functioning properly. Workouts as little as ten minutes a day can make a huge difference. Next week in the week leading up to Valentines I invite you to bring your partner along with you to a class forFREE.....let them come along and see what you do in class each week.