We usually think of February as the month of hearts for Valentine’s Day.
But February is also Heart Month, promoted by the Heart and Stroke Association, to raise awareness and to help people lose weight, eat better, invigorate their exercise routines and more.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in North America. The good news: Heart disease can be prevented.
Exercise and eating right are the top tools to improve our heart health and lower our risk for heart disease and heart attacks, according to the Heart and Stroke Association
For people over 50, exercise, including strength training, is vital. As most people age, their hearts get smaller and weaker, and major arteries can stiffen. That reduces or slows blood flow through the body.
The best prevention is to exercise throughout life. But it’s never too late to start to gain some of the benefits. This New York Times article explained some of the latest research in detail.
Weightlifting among mature adults improves heart health by decreasing blood pressure and “bad” cholesterol, while improving “good” cholesterol. Exercising and eating right also fight obesity, which contributes to heart issues.