Heart-Healthy Fun In the Summertime
Beat the heat
You can stay active and beat the heat by:
- Going to a gym for a nice, cool environment with a variety of activities.
- Visiting your favorite local swimming hole or taking swimming lessons at a pool.
- Starting a walking group with your friends at the mall.
- The MyStart! Community, a new online tool, encourages walkers to connect with others - whether from the neighborhood or on the other side of the country - to stay on track with a walking program.
- Taking up an indoor sport, such as racquetball, basketball or volleyball, or taking an aerobics class.
- Going ice skating.
If you exercise outside when it’s hot and humid, wear light, comfortable clothing and work out in the early morning or late evening. Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke - the symptoms differ slightly between the two but in general watch for high body temperature, strange behavior, confusion, nausea, difficulty breathing and dizziness. If you experience symptoms, stop exercising and cool down immediately by dousing yourself with cold water. You may need medical attention. Heat exhaustion can progress quickly to heat stroke, which can kill you.
Fire up the grill
Dusting off the old grill? Keep these tips in mind to help you grill fat-sensibly this summer.
- Go for grilled fish. The healthiest types include salmon, trout and herring, which are high in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
- Buy chicken breasts instead of the fattier dark meat (legs and thighs). Remember to remove the skin before eating, or try grilling chicken or turkey burgers using breast meat and add diced onions for more flavor.
- Choose “loin” and “round” cuts of red meat and pork. Look for “choice” or “select” grades of beef instead of “prime.” While these have the least amount of fat, don’t forget to trim the fat when you get home.
- Use a rack so the fat drips away from the food.
Information provided by the American Heart Association