Heart health month is here! Each February, we partner with the American Heart Association to raise awareness about heart disease. We’re giving away a pair of Louboutins and a Motiv Ring to two lucky winners! For each entry, we’re going red and donating to the American Heart Association. Enter for a chance to win here. Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women and there are a lot of factors that affect your risk. We’ve rounded up some of the major risk factors that you can and can’t control – and what you can do to decrease your risk for heart disease. Risk Factors Age: Unfortunately, age is one of those factors that we can’t do anything about, but it’s an important one. As we age, our chance at developing heart disease becomes more likely, so be aware of your risk and ask your doctor if you should consider getting a stress test. Smoking Tobacco: One of the biggest risk factors in developing heart disease is being a smoker. Even if it’s a casual habit, stop smoking today. Another tip: avoid secondhand smoke like the plague. This is one of the largest risk factors in developing heart disease. High Blood Pressure & High Blood Cholesterol: High blood pressure and high cholesterol are two major risk factors when it comes to having a healthy heart. If you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol, talk with your doctor about dietary changes you can make to lower your risk. Obesity & Being Overweight: Being obese or overweight is another major factor when it comes to heart disease. Stick to a healthy diet and develop an exercise plan to lose weight, stay active, and decrease your risk for developing heart disease. Stress Levels: Another big factor? Stress levels. If you work in a stressful job or have a high-stress lifestyle, try to find a way to relax and decrease stress levels: like practicing yoga, writing in a journal, or taking a hot bath. Ways to Decrease Your Risk Stop Smoking: If you’re a smoker, the biggest way you can decrease your risk is to quit smoking as soon as possible. Talk with your doctor about how you can quit today. Be physically active: Exercise doesn’t have to mean committing to an intense, rigorous routine everyday. Any amount of physical activity helps your heart and lowers your risk of heart disease. Start by going on a long walk in your neighborhood a few day a week. Enjoy a variety of nutritious, heart-healthy foods: We’ve rounded up some of our favorite heart-healthy foods here, so get cooking! Vary your diet and stick to healthy, low-calorie, heart-healthy foods. Look after your mental health & get enough sleep: Take care of yourself! As we mentioned, stress levels can lead to an increase risk for heart disease, so take care of your mental health and make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Get up throughout the day and don’t stay seated for too long at one time: We get it – if you work a desk job, it can be hard to keep moving and getting up throughout the day. But when you can, make sure you stand up, stretch, and go on a short walk. Sitting for too long is another risk factor for developing heart disease, so try to keep your blood flowing throughout the day. Show us how you’re going red for heart health month! Tag us in your posts with #MySpaWeek and don’t forget to enter our 7th annual Heart Over Heels Giveaway! Start a Conversation Cancel a Conversation Connect with Enter your WordPress.com blog URL http://.wordpress.com Proceed Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.