Being A Heart-Healthy Sports Fan

Spring brings great weather for tailgates and buying tickets to see your favorite teams play! Whether you’re a fan of soccer, baseball, tennis, or lacrosse – being a sports fan can sometimes be tough on your health.

Tailgate parties often feature fried or fatty foods that are washed down with sugary soft drinks. This season, choose leaner meats like turkey burgers or grilled chicken. Veggie skewers or corn on the cob can make great side dishes. Water is always the best drink choice, especially when you’re going to be outside in the sun all day. If you stay hydrated and only eat when you’re hungry, you can have a healthy kick-off to your game!

Protecting yourself during the game is extremely important. If you’re a heart patient, older than 50 or overweight, hot weather may have an effect on your heart. Dress for the heat by wearing lightweight, light colored clothing and a hat to keep the sun from beating on your face. Take regular breaks in the shade if your seats are located under the sun and stay hydrated throughout the game.

While being a sports fan is exciting and fun, imagine playing the sport yourself! Being more active can help you lower your blood pressure, boost your levels of good cholesterol, improve blood flow, keep your weight under control and prevent bone loss. People who are physically active and at a healthy weight live about seven years longer than those who are not active and are obese.

Just like how winning a game lifts your spirits, so will staying active. Regular physical activity can relieve stress, anxiety, depression and anger. You know that “feel good sensation” you get after doing something physical? Think of it as a happy pill with no side effects! Most people notice they feel better over time as physical activity becomes a regular part of their lives.

Be a good sport and stay healthy this season. For tips on how to Move More, visit https://healthyforgood.heart.org/Move-more

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