6 Ways to Get Pumped for Men’s Heart Health
6 Ways Men Can Get Pumped for Heart Health
Heart disease has long been the leading cause of death among men in the U.S., which is frankly heartbreaking. Why? Because the risk of having a heart attack or stroke can be significantly lowered by making a few relatively simple life changes. Of course, there are factors that you can’t control, like genetics. But even then, showing your heart a little extra love will most likely decrease your risk.
As part of Gordmans’ support of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) mission, we’re giving men 6 ways to get pumped for heart health. But hold on there, sport. We’re no medical experts. So be sure to consult with your doctor before taking any of these steps (except for #6 – that’s a no-brainer).
- No fry zone. We’re not about to get judgey about keto and other popular diets that make fat the star, but when it comes to your heart, healthy fats are still a better choice. You can enjoy your fried food every once in a while, but the AHA recommends that no more than 6% of your total daily calories consist of saturated fats. That equates to about 11 to 13 grams of saturated fat per day if you’re on a 2000-calorie-a-day diet.
- Get moving! There’s a weird trend in America that has women far more concerned about working out than men. This may have something to do with men being praised for having a “dad bod” and women being judged more harshly for their appearance. Whatever the reason, only 17% of men get the recommended amount of daily exercise. So grab your dog, or better yet your significant other, and take a nice stroll around the neighborhood. All you need is 20 minutes of exercise a day for better heart health
- Calm down. Life is stressful. We get that. But even with the pressures of work, family, finances and everything else that makes you feel like your head is going to explode, you have to find some time to give your heart a break. Stress causes hypertension and hypertension can cause heart disease. That daily walk you just decided to start taking can help, as can taking a yoga class, getting a massage or meditation. Kickboxing is also a tremendous stress reliever. Find a healthy activity that calms your nerves and just do it.
- Take your vitamins. While you shouldn’t rely solely on supplements for heart health, there are certain ones that can help reduce your chances of heart disease and stroke. Omega-3 fatty acids have been the reigning king of heart-healthy supplements for a while now, and for good reason. Over time, they can cut the risk of a heart attack by 59%. Vitamins E and C have also been shown to be essential to heart health.
- Step away from the salt. High amounts of sodium can lead to high blood pressure, which can lead to heart disease. The AHA recommends consuming no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day. Sound like a lot? It’s not. That’s only about a teaspoon of salt! Cutting processed food, which tends to have a ton of salt, can help immensely. You know what’s super low in sodium? Fruits and veggies. Hint, hint.
- Stay smart. The American Heart Association website regularly shares the latest news and tips on heart health. Check it out!
Guys, you can do this! Don’t forget to donate to the American Heart Association in our stores, and post a pic showing how you’re getting pumped for heart health on your Instagram page with #GetPumpedforHeartHealth. We’ll donate $1 for every post with our hashtag to the AHA, up to $10,000.