A fit physique is a one reason to shed excess pounds, but the number one benefit of a healthy body is heart health.  In honor of American Heart Month, the physicians at Weight Success Centers, LLC in Tampa are offering healthy lifestyle tips and suggestions to help enhance your heart health.

Reasons to Recognize American Heart Month

American Heart Month is a time to reaffirm your commitments to physical activity and nutrition. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. High blood pressure or “hypertension” can lead to numerous problems, including heart disease through hardening of the arteries, stroke, peripheral vascular disease, and even kidney disease requiring dialysis.  A healthy lifestyle and control of your blood pressure can help you avoid becoming one the statistics.

3 Simple Ways to Control Blood Pressure

Small lifestyle changes can lead to improved heart health. Get started by improving your diet, staying active through exercise, and meditating to control blood pressure.

  1. Diet and Meal Planning: For optimal heart health, experts suggest limiting fats, sugars, and salts.  Also, enhance your diet by adding nutritious foods like vegetables and fruits.  If you’ve never been a fan of healthy greens, try Googling recipes for preparing them in new, unique ways.  You could roast vegetables with exotic herbs, or try grilling fruits like pineapple.  Couple your fruits and vegetables with a variety of protein sources, such as lean meats as well as plant proteins including seeds, nuts, and beans. Eating for heart health can be a delicious way to add variety to your diet.  For targeted results, consult with an expert at Weight Success Centers. A medically supervised weight-loss program can make a big difference in a person’s ability to improve their diet.
  1. Physical Activity and Fitness:  American Heart Month is an excellent time to consider enhancing your daily exercise routine.  Depending on your current fitness level, it could be as simple as adding a 20-minute walk to your day or a full-scale workout. The point is to commit mindfully to regular physical activity for overall health and a healthy heart. Be sure to consult with a physician before starting any new exercise program.  Find help with a physician or weight-loss doctor from Weight Success Centers. Individuals can reap the benefits of shedding excess weight and increasing heart health with professionally guided support for strength training or cardio.
  1. Meditation and Relaxation:  In addition to physical activity, stress reduction and the act of resting your body and your mind are key aspects of heart health.  In addition to getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night, take time during the day to be in tune with the rhythm of your heart and body.  This could include adding meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, and other stress management techniques to your daily routine.  For example, a repeat method of deep breathing in through your nose, holding the breath for 5 to 10 seconds, and releasing very slowly through your mouth can calm nerves and may temporally lower your heart rate.

How do you maintain a healthy heart? Have certain lifestyle changes worked for you? Tell us your success story on Weight Success Centers’ social media sites. If you are ready to begin your journey to wellness, contact Weight Success Centers for a consultation.



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