The American Heart Month may have ended last week, but a sports association’s healthy heart tips continue to inform and educate about beneficial lifestyle choices.
The International Sports Sciences Association, the only nationally accredited fitness organization that educates and certifies personal trainers, has set out to contribute to raising awareness about heart disease and listed some simple steps that can prevent it.
They include getting 30-60 minutes of exercise each day, healthy diet rich in fruit, vegetables and oily fish, limited consumption of saturated fats, salt and alcohol, as well as quitting smoking.
Furthermore, people should have regular medical check-ups to get necessary feedback from their physicians that can help them stay on the right track, according to Dr. Sal Arria, CEO of ISSA.
He adds that a supervised cardiovascular fitness program can also be of great benefit.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death in both women and men in the United States.
In 2009, it is estimated that 785,000 Americans will have a new heart-related coronary attack, and about half a million will have a recurrent attack.