Health: Your Heart Matters

By: Alethia Barber 

Studies show that strokes are higher among millennial’s. What are you doing in your lifestyle to prevent damaging your heart? As technology has changed over the years, one may ask has it made millennial’s more complacent and too lazy to exercise? Have meal choices of millennial’s contributed to health risks? Now, none of us are perfect and It’s okay to indulge sometimes, but it wouldn’t be in your best interest to intake certain foods such as fried food and fast food on a daily basis. 

It’s important to keep in mind when choosing meals that things like can foods and TV dinners are high in sodium that can cause high blood pressure. Even vegetables in a can are unhealthy because of the sodium. It’s best to eat fresh vegetables from a garden or frozen vegetables from your favorite supermarket. TV dinners are fast and can get the job done when you don’t  feel like cooking, but check the label of those TV dinners and notice the ingredients. Do the ingredients look healthy? Instead try to cook some freshly cooked home meals.

When you cook fresh meals you can also start meal prepping! Meal prepping helps with keeping a balance and healthy lifestyle. Meal prepping for a whole week will help you develop a habit of being consistent with your healthy meals, save you time, and especially save you money. Heard of pre-hypertension? Let me tell you a little about it. Pre-hypertension is a warning of potential high blood pressure which can contribute to heart problems, strokes, and being on blood pressure pills in the future. With all the resources that millennial’s have as far as technology, we should all get tested for high blood pressure to be safe. You can get checked by a doctor or even go to a blood pressure machine at places like Rite Aid, Giant, or Walgreens if you don’t want to wait until you go to the doctor.

 Heart disease can be a traumatizing silent killer, so don’t wait to get checked out! How can you take care of yourself? Exercise! There are tons of fun exercise videos on YouTube if you don’t have the finances for a gym membership to stay active. There’s also things like dance exercise classes that are very helpful and can be found online too! So what’s the moral of the story? Take care of your heart! Eat a lot of vegetables, fruits, and any other recommended forms of healthy nutrients. Find a creative way to make being healthy a primary goal instead of looking at it as a hassle. This is your health at the end of the day right? Remember, no matter what size you are, everyone needs to exercise and be mindful of effective wellness to ensure a long and healthy life.

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