April 6, 2016

Collegiate Perspective: 5 Things You Can Do To Maintain a Happy and Healthy Heart

As an Alpha Phi sister, maintaining a healthy heart is something I like to make a priority every day of my life. With heart disease being the number one killer of women in the United States, I believe it is so important to educate young women across the nation to do the same. With that being said, here is my list of five things you can do to maintain a happy and healthy heart:

1. Eat a healthy and balanced diet! 

Of course, this one is obvious. But it is important to eat foods that are nutrient rich, high in fiber and low in calorie content. So check the labels on the foods you purchase and try to avoid products with a lot of sugar and saturated fat. This is the easiest and most sure-fire way to ensure a healthy heart.

2. Exercise!

Whether it is walking to class instead of driving, going to the gym a few days a week or attending a hot yoga class, exercising is a great way to maintain a healthy heart! Understand that exercising doesn't have to be a huge time commitment; even just a few hours of exercise a week can significantly improve your overall health, and you can even create a reward system where you treat yourself to something fun after completing your time at the gym.

3. Drink water

Yes, it's that simple, people! Another super easy way to stay healthy is to drink water every day. It is recommended that you drink at least 8 big cups of water per day, so always keep a water bottle on you, and refill it frequently. Along with helping keep your heart happy and working properly, it also does wonders for your skin, among so many other things.

4. Don't skip breakfast

I know you've all heard it before: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And whoever has told you that is right! Eating a healthy breakfast provides so many health benefits, and skipping breakfast can lead to obesity, high blood pressure, and high-cholesterol. So start your morning off the right way, eat some oatmeal, eggs or toast. The benefits are exponential!

5. Last but not least, laugh, and laugh often!

Several studies have shown that laughing helps relieve stress and through that, promotes the healthy function of blood vessels. Whether it is by spending time with people who make you laugh or watching a rom-com, laugh out loud every day, not only will it improve your heart's overall health, but it will also make you a happier person in general!

Tatum Pugh is a collegiate member of the University of Missouri (Omicron). To learn more about Tatum, click here.

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