Every Beat Matters: Heart Health Month Is Here. Here’s How to Ramp Up Your Heart Health

February is National Heart Month, now’s the time to focus on your cardiovascular health. At Eat the Frog Fitness, we implement this state-of-the-art technology, called a Frog Pod, to help members gauge their heart rate during exercise which is essential to meeting your fitness goals including weight loss and building endurance and energy.

Your heart is a muscle–it becomes stronger as you exercise it. Measuring your heart rate is a proven way to measure the effectiveness of your workouts as you strengthen your body and heart. Eat the Frog’s Frog Pod monitors will help guide you through each session for when to push harder in order to achieve the level of fitness you’re seeking. 

Your heart and muscles demand oxygen, especially when working out. The more challenging your exercise the more oxygen you require as your heart pumps faster in an effort to deliver the additional oxygen that your muscles are demanding.

American Heart Month is a federally designated event to remind American’s on the importance of their heart.  Did you know nearly half of all Americans have at least one of three top risk factors for heart disease: smoking, high cholesterol and high blood pressure (1). 

Below are additional recommendations to help keep your heart healthy:

  1. Break the bad habits. Smoking continues to be the leading cause of preventable deaths. Quitting smoking(2) can improve your health and reduce risk of heart disease, cancer, lung disease and much more. 
  2. Stay ahead of the game. High blood pressure usually has no warning signs or symptoms. Stay up to date with your health and get your blood pressure measured. 
  3. Switch up your taste buds. There are endless possibilities to create delicious recipes like adding spice to your favorite dishes. Also avoiding sodium(3) in your diet can benefit your heart. Drop the salt, and raise the bar with your health. 
  4. Keep it moving. Physical activity has been proven to make you feel, function and sleep better. Eat the Frog Fitness(4) has strength, cardio, agility and recovery programs that keep members continually challenged. 

Taking care of #OurHearts is considered as self-care and should be taken seriously. 

1.https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db103.pdf

2.https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/quit-smoking/index.html?s_cid=OSH_tips_D9385

3. https://www.cdc.gov/salt/reduce_sodium_tips.htm

4.https://etfchapelhill.com/

#Ourhearts: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/education-and-awareness/heart-truth