With heart disease being the leading cause of death in the United States, we understand the importance of having a healthy heart. Health and wellness is a pillar of parks and recreation and we are taking on the responsibility to act as a resource and promote healthy hearts in our community.
We encourage you to adopt these heart-healthy behaviors because #OurHearts are healthier when we work together! There are ways you can improve your heart right here at the Park District.
1. Be Active
It’s recommended you get 30 minutes of physical activity, at least five times a week. The Park District offers an affordable Fitness Center with both a weight room and cardio room. Fitness passes are available for purchase and you can schedule a no-obligation tour of the facility. Open play and walking are included.
We also offer a variety of Fitness Programs at the Community Center and North Park. Programs include Zumba, Total Body Fitness, Essentrics, Dance Fitness and more! View the full class list here.
2. Limit or Cut Out
Limit or cut out saturated fats, salt, simple sugars, processed food and alcohol. This is a great step to take and encourage friends and family during the process! Red meat can also increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. Consider eating red plant foods for American Heart Month.
Make sure you drink plenty of water! Water is an essential part of being healthy. To learn more about how much water you should drinking, read this article from the Mayo Clinic.
3. No Smoking
If you want to keep your heart healthy, you should seriously consider not smoking. Smoking is one of the main causes or coronary heart disease. Give up cigarettes whether they are real or electronic. Most importantly, no smoking in the parks!
4. Get Enough Sleep
It’s recommended that you get at least 6-8 hours of sleep per night. Cardiovascular risks that result in poor sleep include high blood pressure and high blood sugar. Try avoiding caffeine close to bedtime for an adequate amount of sleep.
These are a few of the many heart health tips recommended. Improving your heart health does not need to be done alone. Rely on others for motivation and support. Educate your families and friends and work together. That is it the mission of #OurHearts.