It’s the day of love. Millions around the world, all ages, will celebrate by handing out valentines to their crushes, couples will go on romantic dates, and all will take the time to show the emotion that only comes from the heart. That feeling and emotion is love. But, we also have to make sure we take time to love the heart back! It does so much for us, including but not limited to, keeping us alive of course! Let’s look at just how much the heart does in a day:
- The average human heart beat during the day is 80 beats per minute, 4,800 times per hour, 115,000 per day, 42 million times per year. For an 80 year old, it has beaten an average of 3.3 billion times! That is a lot of work!
- It is the muscle that is responsible for moving blood throughout our body, pushing blood away in arteries, and receiving blood back from the body through veins.
- It is also an autonomic muscle, meaning we do not have to think about making our heart beat, it just does it on its’ own through little electrical impulses!
Unfortunately, even though how important this muscle is to our well-being, it is often overlooked and can lead to some big issues down the road if we don’t take care of it! According to the American Heart Association in 2017, cardiovascular disease accounts for 801,000 deaths per year in the US. That is 1 of every 3 deaths in the US. Approximately every 40 seconds, an American will experience a heart attack. Heart disease is also the number 1 cause of death throughout the world. So, it goes without saying that it is so very important that we take care of our hearts!
Here are Cupid’s 5 tips on keeping our heart healthy and working for years to come!
- Manage your weight through healthy nutrition, cardiovascular exercise, and weight training. Being overweight can significantly increase your risk of developing heart disease.
- Get enough fiber in your diet. Taking in at least 30 grams per day for women and 40 grams per day for men can help to reduce your risk of heart disease.
- Eat fish and other healthy fats. Omega oils, found in fish, as well as the common omega fish pills, helps to provide healthy fats to the cardiovascular system, also promoting healthy cholesterol levels.
- Watch your saturated fats! Saturated and trans fats are those fats that are solid at room temperature! Rather, we want to use mainly unsaturated fats, which include things like olive oil, or the omegas previously discussed.
- Lastly, make sure to stay active! The worst thing for your ticker is to be inactive! Get up and use it to keep it healthy!
This year for Valentine’s Day, let’s make an effort to give love back to the heart! You’re going to need it your whole life, so you should try your best to take care of it!
By: Ryan McIvor