Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women. That’s why it’s worth recognizing February as American Heart Month.
Throughout this month, the American Heart Association encourages all of us to become more aware of the factors that lead to heart disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, elevated blood sugar, a sedentary lifestyle, excess weight, a poor diet, and smoking.
By closely monitoring your risk factors, you can reduce your likelihood of heart disease and gain the unique gift of improved wellness. Here are some ideas to help you on the journey to better heart health.
The NASA Life Tracker, made by the developer of health monitoring technology for NASA astronauts, is an easy-to-wear fitness band that tracks ECG, heart rate, steps, natural light exposure, calories, and sleep. Data appear on the device screen or a paired mobile device running a free app. The tracker doubles as a watch and shows incoming smartphone messages and alerts via Bluetooth, and can even be worn while swimming or showering.
This fingertip pulse oximeter detects and records arterial pulsations. It uses the same technology found in hospitals to measure beats per minute as well as aortic pulse wave velocity. The unit provides insight into cardiovascular fitness, giving you information on your aortic stiffness and corresponding internal age. Results are tracked by a free iPhone-compatible app that stores the data for up to five users.
Work your body from top to bottom with a low-impact exercise machine that provides a complete cardio workout from the comfort of a favorite chair. A Hammacher Schlemmer exclusive, this whole body pedaler combines bike-simulating exercise for the legs with an upper-body ergometer for cardiovascular fitness and muscle tone without strain on weight-bearing joints. The compact design allows the pedaler to sit between you and the TV, making it an ideal unique gift for anyone who claims to have no time for exercise.
The American Heart Association recommends wearing red this month to show support for the cause. Better yet, get out and move for the good of your own heart and health.