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Adopting These Tough Morning Routines Will Make You Exceptionally Successful

Your morning projects the vibe of the rest of your day, and that is something that the ultra-successful live by day-to-day. While the rest of the world is still struggling to find a coffee filter, there are people who have already laid the groundwork to make their day as productive and fantastic as possible. Don’t just take my word for it, though. Everybody from Bill Gates to Mark Zuckerberg swear by their rigorous morning habits as a key to their success. And academic research shows that those who adopt morning routines have a greater “ability to…

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8 Best And Worst Exercises For Your Heart

Some days it seems I answer more questions about sports injuries than I do about heart health. It’s partly because my patients know I’m pretty active (golf, tennis, Pilates…), but also because many people don’t realize that while some activities are good for your heart, they can be hard on your body. To me, the key is to find what works well for both. Here’s how I rank a variety of exercises in terms of their benefits to both your heart and overall health. BEST Interval training: This is unrivaled for preventing heart disease and diabetes, losing weight, and efficiently improving fitness….

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Heart Health: 6 Numbers You Need to Know

When it comes to your health, there are some numbers you should know by heart. Discover if your numbers are where they should be, and get tips for disease prevention and heart-healthy living in these infographics: 1. LDL Cholesterol Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol is a major cause of coronary heart disease. It’s the culprit behind most cholesterol buildup and arterial blockages in your body. Find out if your LDL cholesterol level is where it should be. 2. Body Mass Index or BMI Your BMI calculates your body fat, based on your height and weight. The higher your BMI, the greater your risks of heart disease, stroke, hypertension and diabetes.

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The American Heart Association’s Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations

A healthy diet and lifestyle are your best weapons to fight cardiovascular disease. It’s not as hard as you may think!  Remember, it’s the overall pattern of your choices that counts. Make the simple steps below part of your life for long-term benefits to your health and your heart. Use up at least as many calories as you take in. Start by knowing how many calories you should be eating and drinking to maintain your weight. Nutrition and calorie information on food labels is typically based on a 2,000 calorie diet. You may need fewer or more calories depending on several factors including age, gender,…

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Eat More of These Foods for a Healthy Heart

Welcome to February, American Heart Month. American Heart Month is a great way to remind Americans to focus on keeping their hearts healthy. According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, is the leading cause of death with more than 17.3 million deaths each year and this number is expected to rise to more than 23.6 million by 2030. As a nutritionist, I’ve seen firsthand how a heart-healthy lifestyle, including a healthy diet, can make a huge difference in improving one’s health. A heart-healthy diet consists of foods rich in fruits,…

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Heart-Healthy at Any Age: 60s & Beyond

The more risk factors you can keep under control, the less likely you are to have a future heart attack. But as you get older, your blood pressure, cholesterol and other heart-related numbers tend to rise. No matter what your age, you can take matters into your own hands to help reduce your risk of heart disease. It’s never too late to live heart-healthy, which is why Go Red For Women wants you to consider your heart health at every age. Learn what you can do to prevent heart disease in your 60s and beyond with the following advice. Know your risk. Studies show that…

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Sugar & Heart Disease

Getting too much added sugar in your diet could significantly increase your risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, and contribute to obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. In a study published in Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine in January 2014, researchers found that the odds of dying from heart disease rose in tandem with the percentage of sugar in one’s diet, regardless of a person’s age, sex, physical activity level, and body-mass index (a measure of weight). Specifically, those who got 17 to 21 percent of calories from added sugar had a 38 percent high risk of dying…

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Sleep & Heart Disease

Exercise and eating nutritious foods aren’t the only things that can help increase heart health; sleep is also a factor. The better night’s sleep you get, the healthier your heart will be. According to a 2011 study by the American Heart Association, poor sleep quality is linked to an increased risk of high blood pressure, a potential cause of heart disease. “Our study shows for the first time that poor quality sleep puts individuals at significantly increased risk of developing high blood pressure,” said Susan Redline, M.D., the study’s co-author, in a statement. Recommended amount of sleep So how much sleep is…

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Life’s Simple 7

Do you know there are seven easy ways to help control your risk for heart disease? Manage your heart risk by understanding “Life’s Simple 7.” 1. Get active Daily physical activity increases your length and quality of life. If you get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity each day (like brisk walking), five times per week, you can almost guarantee yourself a healthier and more satisfying life while lowering your risks for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. What To Do Start by learning the basics about fitness. Also, children need 60 minutes a day–every day–of physical activity, so find ways to workout with…

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The Steep Price of Not Eating Enough Fruits and Veggies

Super Bowl LI featured some great ads, quite a few of them for food. Who’s advertising? McDonald’s, KFC, Snickers, Skittles, and yes, to balance all that sugar fat and salt there were lonely Avocados from Mexico. Junk food ad spend is enormous – 5 million for a 30 second ad in the 2017 Super Bowl – and snack and fast-food companies spend billions each year to convince Americans to consume their merchandise. Surprisingly, when it comes to fruits and veggies, we’re wasting billions by not eating them. Many chronic diseases…