This January, Resolve to Exercise and Eat Healthy

Here's to a heart-healthy 2017!

January 01, 2017
New Year 2017
 

Now that the holidays are over and 2017 is officially in full swing, it’s time to start the New Year off on the right foot. Whether you’re getting back to your heart-healthy habits after a little holiday “cheating” or turning over a new leaf with a resolution to improve your health and quality of life, there’s no time like the present to include exercise and a good diet to your daily routine!

Healthy Eating

Holiday treats are usually full of added sugar and sodium that can be harmful to your health if you aren’t mindful of your consumption. Did you know that eight teaspoons of sugar (130 calories and zero nutrition) are in one 12-ounce can of regular soda? Or that the average American consumes more than 3,400 milligrams of sodium a day? That’s more than twice the amount recommended by the American Heart Association. A poor diet can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke – don’t let that happen to you! There are many easy ways you can reduce your intake of unhealthy foods such as adding more vegetables, buying low-sodium products, and swapping out sweets for fruit or sugar-free items.

The AHA's new +color movement aims to help people do just that. Next time you go to the grocery store make sure to grab lots of colorful fruits and veggies to color your plate and read the nutrition labels on the food you purchase. Some items might actually be less healthy than they appear. Be sure to check out our new recipe hub for ideas!

Physical Activity

If your New Year’s resolution this year is to get back in shape – you’re not alone! Walking a few times a week is a great way to begin a regular fitness routine. The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes or vigorous physical activity a week. The cold winter weather can even help burn more calories than you would exercising in the heat.

Living a sedentary lifestyle can be costly – in more ways than one. It can cost you your life by increasing your risk for heart disease and stroke as well as financially. The average person spends approximately $3,000 annually on healthcare, but an obese person can expect to add $460-2,500 extra to that number from medical costs and sick days.

Physical activity can be fun, too! Having a regular gym or walking partner can make exercise more enjoyable. Having someone to share in your triumph with you is great motivation as well.

 

Important Days in January

1/1 – New Year’s Day

1/16 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

REGISTER TODAY for the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2017. The conference will be held Feb. 22-24 in Houston, Texas at the George R. Brown Convention Center. For more information on registration or housing, contact strokemedia@heart.org or Joanna Carr at (214)706-1396. For more information on news materials, contact Karen Astle at (214) 706-1392 or Karen.Astle@heart.org.