Submitted by: Janie Ginn, Senior Benefits Analyst
Today, we are celebrating one of the most important things about ourselves: our hearts. I’m sure I could speak for the majority of our TMX Finance Family when I say that we don’t think much about the health of our most vital organ until something goes wrong with it. That is why, today, we are celebrating World Heart Day and want you to put your hearts at the top of your priority list! Here are 5 tips to help you succeed in making sure you love your heart as much as it loves you!
- Good things come to those who sweat. Whether you are starting from scratch or about to run your 5th marathon, try to achieve 30 active minutes a day/5 days a week of moderate exercise. Take a lunch walk with a fellow coworker or find a local gym through our TMX Perks Site on our Success Portal. You can also join our TMX Wellness Club to track TMX Athletes and compete in workout challenges through the Strava App: https://www.strava.com/clubs/339095
- You are what you eat. A healthy balanced diet is one of your keys to overcoming the cardiovascular disease obstacle. Taking simple steps like portion control and eating fruits and vegetables can lead to a HUGE WIN for your heart. Find healthy recipes and tips through the American Heart Association by visiting their website at https://recipes.heart.org/
- Quit being a Wacko, Stop Tobacco! Coming from a person who smoked for over a decade, there are many steps and methods to help you cut the butt. I quit smoking by finding inspiration through my family, my friends, and ultimately through my own self. You quit smoking because ____________? We hope that one day, you too will find the inspiration to fill in your blank! Visit the American Heart Association website to find steps to quit smoking at https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-lifestyle/quit-smoking-tobacco/5-steps-to-quit-smoking
- Sleep Calm and Dream on: I love to sleep! Many studies show that 7-8 hours of sleep per night benefits cognitive health, weight management, and stress levels. I try to make it a rule of thumb to go straight for the pillow by 10 o’clock! Sleep deprivation can also lead to increased risk of heart disease and high blood pressure. Sweet dreams!
- Don’t worry, be happy. Stress management is vital to a happy and healthy heart. Spend time with people you care about. Hug your dog. Laugh until your side hurts. Do something that makes you feel like your best self. As a wise MEME once said: