February is American Heart Disease Awareness Month! The color red is a sign for strength, intensity, and confidence. Red is the stand-out color for the month of February as it is National Heart Disease Month. Join us in wearing RED this Friday, February 3rd to help us raise awareness for this cause. Learn to #LoveYourMuscles & #LoveYourself and keep your heart right on track in the fight against this disease, one healthy body at a time.Three Tips for Achieving Heart Health:
1. Get Moving!
Daily physical activity increases your heart's length and quality of life. By spending at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day, somewhere between three and five times per week, and at least some moderate muscle training, you can almost guarantee yourself a healthier and more satisfying life while lowering your risks for heart disease. Dedicate some well-deserved time your your muscles at our Major Muscles Master Class on Saturday, February 18th at 10:30 am. Experience all of our amazing and talented instructors in one energy packed class for 55 minutes of strength followed by 20 minutes of yoga. Since love does come from the heart, the class will conclude with a 30-minute Heart Health #NACTalk with our Registered Dietitians. You're invited to bring wine as complimentary snacks and post workout smoothies will be served.
2. Eat Right!
Sustaining your body in the right way is one of the most important ways to fend off heart disease. In order to fuel your body, you must fill it
with simple foods that will help give you energy such as vegetables, proteins, whole-grains, and fruits. Need a quick and heart-healthy recipe for dinner this week? This seasonal recipe from our 90-Day Commit to Get Fit program is filled with ingredients to help keep your heart at its best. Serve with a side of protein like salmon or chicken.
Winter Vegetable Soup
1 tsp olive oil
1 TB organic veggie broth
1 cup chopped leeks, white parts only
3/4 cup chopped celery
1 clove garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups carrots, sliced
1 cup rutabaga or turnips, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 medium sweet potato, peeled, cut into pieces
1 15-ounce can low sodium, organic, diced tomatoes
4 cups organic fat-free, low sodium veggie broth, divided
Salt and pepper as desired
Preparation: Heat oil and broth on medium heat in a large pot. Saute garlic, celery, leeks, and carrots for 5 minutes. Add chopped rutabaga, and sweet potatoes, followed by canned tomatoes and 3 cups of broth. Bring to a boil, ten cover and simmer for 40 minutes, until vegetables are tender. In two or three batches, puree soup in a blender. Add extra cup of broth to thin the soup, if desired.
3. Rest and Relax!
According to our Registered Dietitian, Kelly Jones MS, RD, CSSD, sleep is essentail in keeping your heart happy and healthy. The better night's sleep you recieve, the healthier your heart will be. Too little or too much sleep can increase the risk of cardiovascular problems, so make sleep a priority in your life by getting 7 or 8 hours of sleep each night. Feel the positve impace of sleep and feel ready and re-charged to take on the next day!