February is American Heart Month, and we’re all about finding different ways to ensure our hearts remain at their healthiest.
There are a variety of factors to consider when determining your heart’s health, as well as changes to your lifestyle you can make to promote a healthy heart.
Here are five things you can do to improve your heart’s vitality.
1. Increase Your Physical Activity
The heart is a muscle, and just like exercise builds up your body, it builds up your heart’s health. Increasing your routine physical activity has proven to be extremely beneficial to ensuring a healthy heart.
Physical activity helps your heart pump blood throughout your body, resulting in an increase in blood flow and oxygen levels.
The American Heart Association suggests doing moderate exercise for 150 minutes a week or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity. These types of physical activity have been known to lower your risk of developing coronary heart disease.
Consistent physical activity also reduces the risk of having a heart attack, as well as the possibility of having a second heart attack in those who have already had one.
While you’re here on vacation perusing Orlando’s theme parks, make the most of your visit and get your steps in! Our theme parks are far too huge to not take advantage of when it comes to staying fit.
Your hotel can keep you healthy as well. Rosen Inn’s on-site gym and swimming pool make for perfect places to get your blood pumping without having to stray too far from your bed.
You don’t need to exercise on a daily basis, but making it a regular part of your routine will definitely benefit the health of your heart in the long run.
2. Eat More Fruits & Vegetables
You can never go wrong with eating your fruits and veggies, especially when doing so is beneficial to your heart.
Fruits and vegetables are rich in nutrients and minerals that can help prevent cardiovascular disease. They’re also low in calories, which is beneficial to those trying to maintain their weight.
Fruits like apples, bananas, oranges, and mangoes are great options to start with. If you want something more unique, try guava or papaya.
Incorporate greens like cabbage, okra, spinach, lettuce, and kale into your diet and you’ll live to see your heart thanking you for it.
The Palm Dining Room at Rosen Inn serves up heart-healthy eats on the daily. During your stay, stop by and enjoy fresh fruit, granola, oatmeal, and tasty scrambled eggs with peppers and onions. Peruse the salad bar for a side of savory greens, and enjoy the feeling of a healthy heart.
3. Opt for Heart-Healthy Fats
Foods are full of fats. It’s important to know which ones are good for you and which ones aren’t. Healthy fats are great for reducing the risk of heart disease, so it’s important to avoid foods full of unhealthy fats.
Unhealthy fats can clog your arteries, such as saturated fats. Having too many saturated fats can cause atherosclerosis, which is when there’s a buildup of hard plaque in the arteries. Tip: if the food is greasy, then it’s probably not good for you.
Unsaturated fats on the other hand are known to lower inflammation in the body. Too much inflammation can cause heart disease, so introducing heart-friendly fats into your diet will make you healthier in the long run.
Head over to Rosen Inn’s Lite-Bite Mini Market and enjoy a slice of the heart-healthy Rosen’s Perfect Pizza. Our pizza is made with 100% natural ingredients with handcrafted wheat crust that’s low in fat, sodium, and contains zero grams of trans fat.
4. Get Good Sleep
This is one of the easiest things you can do to help your heart stay healthy: sleep. When you sleep at night, your body enters a state that lowers and regulates your blood pressure, as well as your heart rate.
If you’re someone who frequently experiences problems with sleeping, it could negatively affect your health over time.
Sleeping disorders such as sleep apnea hinder your body from getting an adequate amount of oxygen while you sleep, which could lead to health problems like high blood pressure, stroke, and a heart attack. Similarly, insomnia has been linked to heart disease and high blood pressure.
The best thing you can do for yourself is try to get good sleep, and there are plenty of things you can do to ensure you’re catching the necessary number of Z’s every night.
Rest on our hotel’s plush pillow-top mattresses and enjoy a night of peace and serenity from our quiet rooms. The thrills and sounds of Orlando’s vibrant theme parks and entertainment are no match for a comfortable stay at Rosen Inn.
5. Limit Alcohol & Smoking
It’s no mystery that long-term use of alcohol and smoke can negatively impact your health.
Smoking negatively affects every organ in the body, but one of your most vital ones is your heart; specifically, the entire cardiovascular system. Long-term tobacco use can cause cardiovascular disease, which is an umbrella term that refers to any heart-related disease.
Too much exposure to cigarette smoke can lead to high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, arrhythmia, coronary heart disease, stroke, heart attack, heart failure, peripheral arterial disease, and abdominal aortic aneurysm.
The same goes for alcohol: Drink it in moderation. The Department of Health and Human Services suggests no more than one drink a day for women and no more than two for men. Drinking too much alcohol can put you at risk of developing heart disease.
Rosen Hotels & Resorts maintains its status as a nicotine-free workforce because the health of our employees is a top priority. Our commitment to protecting the health of associates and guests promotes the kind of heart health consciousness needed to celebrate American Heart Month.
Come Stay at Rosen Inn Closest to Universal
The one thing your heart desires most of all is an exciting vacation in beautiful Orlando, so why not treat yourself to one the Rosen way?
Rosen Inn is our closest hotel to Universal Orlando Resort and is conveniently located near Interstate 4 to get you to all the city’s happenings in no time at all.