• Briana Ottinger

7 Tips to Improve Heart Health

Heart ❤️ disease is no laughing matter, and February is American Heart Month, a time to spread awareness and practice heart healthy habits. Friday is #nationalwearredday so swipe on a red lip 💋 or put on your favorite red dress💃, I'll be wearing red (or red lips) every day this month, will you join me?

Did you know Heart Disease is the number 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s about 1 woman every minute 😳 ⁣ ⁣ There are many different causes of heart disease that can lead to a heart attack or stroke, including genetic predisposition and environmental factors. It's long been a myth that being overweight automatically increases your risk for heart disease but that is not always the case! Heart disease affects men and women of all ages. ⁣ So how can you help protect that ❤️ of yours? Let’s start with some things you can control. ⁣ ⁣


1. Quit smoking/vaping: seriously just 🛑 ⁣ ⁣ 2. Manage blood sugar: limit added sugars and reduce your risk for developing type 2 diabetes through balanced nutrition & regular physical activity. ⁣ ⁣ 3. Manage blood pressure & cholesterol levels: see your doc to have these checked regularly and discuss lifestyle changes (& medication) if necessary. ⁣You cannot rely on big pharm to solve all of your problems! Even if you are on medication you should take steps to improve these markers through diet and exercise. ⁣ 4. Stay Active: It's recommended that you do 10 minutes of vigorous exercise or 20-30minutes of moderate physical activity a day. 👌⁣I also recommend you stand up for at least 1 minute every 15-30 minutes and log 7500-10k steps per day. ⁣ 5. Focus on whole, plant based, foods: if it grows in the ground prioritize it over animal-based products & “food-like" substances that are heavily processed. ⁣ ⁣ 6. Know your family history: if genetics places you at a higher risk, managing environmental risks is even more important ⁣ ⁣ 7. Manage Stress: all that chronic stress isn’t doing your mind or body any good. Let it goooooo boo. ⁣American's wear our stress like a badge of honor, and it is NOT cool. Find your zen, meditation, yoga, a good sweat or therapy are great ways to start. ⁣ MORE IMPORTANTLY, Nearly 80% of cardiac events can be prevented!!! wow 😵 If we don't change our environmental factors however, heart disease will remain a woman’s greatest health threat. ⁣ Together we have the ability to change our story by spreading awareness and donating our time and $ to organizations that support women’s health. ⁣I'll be donating a portion of February sales to the Wear Red campaign to spread awareness about women's heart health. Will you support me by buying a copy of my Home Workout Guide? It's a 6 week done for you training guide that will transform your entire body in 6 weeks with just a set of dumbbells. Best news, it's on sale for just $10!


Grab your copy here

⁣ You can also donate directly to the American Heart Association here if you prefer. What are you doing today (and every day) to support your ❤️ health? 👇🏻


I'm wearing a red lip today and moving my body for 30 minutes!



xoxo,

Briana


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