Conversation hearts. Heart jewelry. Broken hearts. Whether you are head over heels in love or a strong supporter of Singles Awareness Day, February undeniably has a focus on hearts. Unfortunately, more can be wrong with a heart than it solely being lonely or broken. According to the American Heart Association, Heart Disease is the number one killer of women. More women die from heart disease than all forms of cancer combined; therefore, we all can benefit from being more aware and taking preventative measures.
Spending an hour every day at the gym is not always possible, enjoyable, or reasonable. However, quality workouts combined with moderate exercise (like walking around campus) can be achieved and contribute to a healthier lifestyle overall. The AMA recommends a minimum of 30 minutes of movement 5 days a week. College Lifestyles recommends cross fit, 2012’s fitness crazes, and fitness apps on your iPhone.
A well-rounded diet positively impacts almost every aspect of your life. It fuels your brain and body, boosts your immune system, and helps prevent chronic diseases. Consume a diet with heart-healthy whole grains, various fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fats (like olive oil and almonds). Of 25 top heart healthy foods, CL loves oatmeal, blueberries, sweet potatoes and tea!
Stress can take a serious toll on your body– headaches, exhaustion, and becoming over-emotional. It is unavoidable during college, but developing coping mechanisms and ways to release it will be beneficial in the long run. Making yourself a priority is crucial– slow down, take part in positive self-talk, and spend time doing something you enjoy. Yoga is a great way to unwind, loosen up tense muscles, and focus on you.
Talk to you Doctor
It is advised that everyone has a yearly checkup, and if you haven’t had one in awhile, swing by your University’s Health Center or your regular doctor next time you’re home. Cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar are rarely on a college student’s radar, yet it is still important to be aware now. A simple blood test and blood pressure check allow you to gain insight on your health.
Claire Brooks-Schulke is a Health & Sorority Writer for College Lifestyles. After having heart issues she became much more aware of how to take care of her health and always wears a heart rate monitor to gauge her exertion during exercise and stay in safe ranges.