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Heart Health: Love Your Heart

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No matter your age, leading a heart healthy lifestyle has numerous positive benefits. But for seniors, it has added advantages. In addition to maintaining a healthy weight, reducing your risk of cancer, diabetes and osteoporosis it can also provide mental clarity and improve memory. But perhaps most importantly, leading a healthy lifestyle can help seniors fight the number one killer of Americans – heart disease.

The fact is you don’t have to make drastic changes to reap the benefits. Simple lifestyle changes can provide big benefits. Here are the top three ways you can lead a heart healthy lifestyle:

Eat Heart-Healthy Cuisine – To ensure your diet is heart healthy, include ample vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans and lean meats. Additionally, avoid processed foods and foods that have high sodium or sugar counts. You’ll also want to avoid foods with artificial trans fats that can raise you “bad” cholesterol level.

Keep in mind that enjoying a balanced diet doesn’t mean you have to compromise on taste. Many spices offer healthy benefits that reduce inflammation, lower blood sugars and improve brain function and memory.

To learn more, we invite you to visit an MBK community near you on Wednesday, February 8th to sample and savor heart healthy cuisine and discover the key ingredients and spices that make up a heart healthy diet. Guests will also take home useful information about heart healthy living and enter to win a romantic dinner for two.

Get Your Heart Pumping – Dedicating 20-25 minutes a day to moderate physical activity (walking, swimming, water aerobics, yoga) can have lasting benefits. Not only will this activity help you maintain a healthy weight, improve muscle tone and balance, it can improve your cardiovascular health, boost your immune system and increase your overall energy level.

MBK Senior Living communities offer a number of ways you can get moving and stay active. Many residents enjoy participating in community walking clubs and the various fitness classes offered. While others enjoy taking advantage of the fully-equipped fitness centers, swimming pools, putting greens and other amenities available.

Take Pause – According to a studies, stress accounts for over 60% of doctor visits and increases heart disease risk. Stress can cause labored breathing and for your heart rate to speed up, thereby causing your blood pressure to rise. However, according to Harvard researchers, practicing meditation can relieve the effects of stress, lower blood pressure, increase productivity and provide a greater sense of happiness, well being and peace.

Today, you can find meditation classes in many communities, but it can also be as simple as downloading an app to your Smartphone. Here are just a few available on iTunes – Calm, Headspace and The Mindfulness.

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