5 Timely Tips for a Healthier Heart as the Season Winds Down

Man standing on edge of a cliff looking at mountain rangeJuly 30, 2020

The still-warm weather can mean more time for outdoor activities, barbecues, vacations and fun. Here are tips to help keep your heart going strong as you enjoy the end-of-summer sunshine.

Stay Hydrated

A well-hydrated body helps your heart pump blood more efficiently and puts less pressure on your heart in general. Unfortunately, it’s easy to get dehydrated. Be sure to drink plenty of water while enjoying warmer weather.

Freshen Up Your Meal Plan

Your diet is one of the best tools for fighting heart disease and now is the perfect time to go leaner and greener. Grilling instead of frying helps limit the amount of unhealthy fats you consume. It’s also a great time to make seasonal fruits and veggies the star at mealtime.

Get Active

Being sedentary is proven to have negative effects on your health, including your heart. Walking, swimming and gardening are some of the most popular activities as the season comes to an end. Keep in mind that even light activity can help decrease the risk of a heart attack. Be sure to talk with your doctor before starting an exercise program.

Protect Against the Heat

While the waning days of summer still include lots of sunshine, warm weather can also increase the likelihood of heat stroke. Avoid prolonged exposure while the sun’s rays are strongest, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Also, choose lightweight and breathable clothing, and protect your eyes and skin by wearing sunglasses and putting on sunscreen.

Enjoy Yourself

Studies have shown happiness can result in a decreased heart rate and lower blood pressure, and can even help prevent heart disease. Take advantage of what remains of the season to do something nice for yourself. Your heart will thank you.