With heart disease being the leading cause of death for women in the U.S., we think it’s time we all get pumped about living a heart-healthy life. It’s also a perfect time to start focusing on heart health because Gordmans has teamed up with the American Heart Association (AHA) to support its mission to fund innovative research, advocacy and patient support, until no more loved ones are lost to heart disease and stroke.

So here are 6 quick tips to help you give your heart some lovin’.

  1. Move it. A lot of us live sedentary lives and it’s not necessarily our fault! We sit at a desk nine hours a day and are too busy to move our bodies. But according to the American Heart Association, too much sedentary time increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. No bueno. So try to find the time to get your body moving and your heart pumping for 30 minutes, three times a week. This can reduce your risk of heart disease by 28 percent. Do what you can to fit in some exercise, even if it’s just taking a walk.
  2. Get your digits. Don’t be one of the 6 out of 10 women who don’t know their heart-related numbers. Ask the doctor to check your blood pressure and cholesterol regularly. BMI or body mass index is also used to monitor your risk of cardiovascular disease, but it’s an outdated system that is frequently inaccurate. For instance, a body builder in amazing cardiovascular health could have a BMI in the obese range. So focusing on blood pressure and cholesterol is typically more telling.
  3. Quit smoking. You guys. Just put away the cigarettes, okay? You’ll be so much healthier in so many ways, including lowering your risk of cardiovascular disease by a whopping 71 percent.
  4. Cut the cocktails. While it’s true that a glass of red wine every once in a while can help improve your cholesterol levels because it contains antioxidants, alcohol in general is not such a heart-healthy choice. Drinking alcohol on a regular basis can lead to high blood pressure and the increased calorie intake can lead to weight gain.
  5. Eat right. Heart-healthy eating doesn’t have to be complicated. Avoid processed and packaged foods and choose lean proteins, whole grains, fruits and veggies instead. 
  6. Stay smart. The American Heart Association website regularly shares the latest news and tips on heart health. It even has yummy recipes!

Let’s do this, ladies! 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.