Drink alcohol only in moderation, up to one drink a day for women and two for men. If you don’t drink now, don't start drinking for the possible health benefits. Moderate red wine consumption may reduce your risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke, but these benefits may not outweigh the health risks of alcohol. Exercise and a healthy diet are much more effective ways to improve your heart health.
Linda's heart advice: “Live for tomorrow. Consider that how you live now will strongly impact your body as you age. What could be a better investment? I envision myself riding a bike, running, snowshoeing, and dancing at 80. That will only be possible if I treat my body with consideration.”
Today is the last day of heart month, but as Linda says, live for tomorrow. Every small step you take, every day, gets you one step closer to a healthier heart and a better, longer life. Your heart truly is in your hands.
Anna Fritz is a writer and editor with St. Luke’s Communications and Marketing.