As we enter the love month, a question of utmost importance arises—how will you spend Valentine’s on quarantine? Will there be Zoom dates, socially distant romantic interactions, and special deliveries on the agenda? But Valentine’s is also about the self. How about adding some self-love to that list? As partners for a healthier Philippines, we believe that heart month is more than just about romance. It’s also a good time to check on your anatomical heart. Here are some of our heart-friendly tips:
Gotta move on
Just like moving on from an ex, getting some movement and exercise is good for the heart. Following a regular fitness routine has been known to lower your risk of developing heart disease as it can help you lose weight, improve your cholesterol, and lower your blood pressure. Even a simple physical activity like going for a 10-minute walk is a good way to start the day and a great habit to build on.
Don’t be salty!
In a relationship, being hostile can be damaging not only to your partner, but to yourself. The same can be said for our love affair with salty foods and alcohol. Too much love for food and beverages that are high in salt or alcoholic content can raise your blood pressure. So here is a friendly reminder to use salt in moderation— figuratively and literally.
Never take things for granted
Sleep is a wonderful thing! Don’t put off sleeping, even if it involves staying up late to chat with your partner. Poor sleep can lead to extra fatigue, higher stress levels, less motivation to be physically active, and unhealthy food choices. The optimal amount of sleep for adults is between 7-9 hours, so give yourself more time to dream.
Go on healthy dates
Start embracing your greens the way you embrace your loved ones. Apart from being good for the heart, most plant-based foods are rich in fiber which are also good for your digestive system.
Learn to let go of things that don’t serve you
Having a healthy heart means learning to let go of things that are bad for you. Smoking has been known to have adverse effects to one’s cardiovascular health. Smoking tightens major arteries, increases heart rate, and raises blood pressure, which increases the risk of stroke among people with a known history of chronic diseases such as hypertension.
Don’t sweat the small stuff
Stress and anxiety can trigger heart problems like poor blood flow and palpitations, which is why having too much stress, for too long, is bad for your heart. Give your heart a break by learning to manage your energy and prioritize the persons and things that matter to you.
Check for red flags
In most cases, long-term relationships can be a good thing—to be able to grow together is a beautiful thing. However, having a long-term relationship with chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension can have a bad effect on your health if left untreated. Take note of your family history and household lifestyle.
Just like in relationships, being committed is key to maintaining your health, heart month or not. And with Sanofi Philippines, you have a partner that is wholly committed to being with you on your health journey. Moreover, the company has reinforced its Empower Program for persons with diabetes and hypertension; as well as in launching WeHealth, an eHealth ecosystem that connects patients with doctors, at any time and place.
To learn more about how you can prevent cardiovascular diseases, please visit https://www.sanofi.com/en/about-us/my-heart-your-heart-who-s-looking-after-yours