At the Y, everything we do is in service of making us – as individuals and a community- better, including offering programs that help people reclaim their health when facing chronic conditions. If you want to reduce your risk for developing high blood pressure, speak with your Y’s staff about “heart-healthy” options. In addition, follow these American Heart Association recommendations:
- Eat Healthy – include a variety of nutritious foods and limit sodium intake (no more than 1,500 mg per day)
- Stay Active – To get the greatest benefits from physical activity, aim for three to four 40-minute sessions a week of moderate to vigorous activity
- Maintain a healthy weight – Your doctor can determine a healthy weight for you. If you need to lose weight you can experience benefits from losing as little as 3% to 5% of your body weight.
- Limit or avoid alcohol – Drinking too much alcohol raises blood pressure and increases risks for other health problems.
- Reduce stress – While stress is unavoidable, it can be managed effectively. Give yourself enough time to get things done. Don’t overpromise what you can do. Understand what your stress triggers are.
- Avoid or quit tobacco – Smoking causes blood pressure to rise and contributes to hardening of the arteries.
For more tips from the Y about healthy eating and staying active, visit, www.ymca.net/healthy-family-home.