Reformed Church Home Celebrates American Heart Month

Reformed Church Home Celebrates American Heart Month

In honor of American Heart Month, the team at Reformed Church Home is proud to bring you some heart health facts that could change your life.

Because the main function of your heart is to keep oxygen-rich blood circulating throughout your entire body, it is crucial to keep it in good working order. So much of our bodies’ functionality depends on how well the heart is able to do its job, so it’s of utmost importance that we do our best to keep it ticking for years to come. One of the simplest ways to maintain good heart health is to exercise regularly. By maintaining an active lifestyle and reducing the time you spend sitting every day, you can help keep your heart in great shape so it can keep working for you like it should. Some fun ways to stay active include taking brisk outdoor walks, engaging in low-impact cardio like water aerobics and Zumba, and dancing. Not only will your heart thank you for it, but you’ll feel great.

Say no to tobacco

If you’re a lifelong smoker, there’s no better time than right now to kick the habit once and for all. Did you know that cigarette smoking is a leading cause of heart disease? Being smoke-free is one of the best things you can do to ensure good heart health throughout your life. Though it certainly isn’t easy to quit smoking, there are many methods, such as nicotine patches, gum, and support groups that you can try to make it easier to kick this habit. If you are a resident in a senior living community or have a group of friends or relatives who also want to quit, you may find it beneficial to form a “smoke-free club” to help support one another and celebrate goals and milestones. Having friends to support you can help make it easier to leave your smoking habit in the dust. For general wellness, most all assisted living and senior care communities have smoke-free policies, with smoking allowed only in designated outdoor areas. So if you plan to move to one of these facilities, you might want to start early with some type of smoking cessation program to help guarantee a successful and stress-free move.

Keep blood pressure under control

When you have hypertension, or high blood pressure, your heart works harder than it should to pump blood throughout your body, leading to undue strain and an increased risk of heart attack. You may be surprised to learn that many of the main causes of high blood pressure can be managed with simple changes to diet and exercise. For instance, reducing your salt intake, eating foods lower in cholesterol, and increasing your level of physical activity can all help lower your blood pressure, which can increase your chances of maintaining good heart health throughout your life. So scroll back to the top of this article to reread tips on staying active, and always consult a physician before starting an exercise program.

For more information, contact Andrea Walls, Director of Marketing at Reformed Church Home, at (732) 607-9230 or awalls@rchnj.org.

Reformed Church Home wishes you a healthy American Heart Month!

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