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9 Fitness Tips to Help Prevent Heart Disease

New York, NY, February 4, 2005 -- In response to National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute“s ”National Wear Red Day" on February 4th, 2005, Fitness Consultant, Katrina McKenna, offers tips on how everyone can reduce their heart disease risk.

1. Keep your cholesterol levels in check. Work with a health care provider to monitor your levels. Many of the following tips should help improve your cholesterol levels.
2. Keep your blood pressure in check. This and the cholesterol tip go hand in hand. Again, the other tips can improve this.
3. Maintain a healthy weight. Every pound of fat loss makes a difference. Fad diets that cause you lose more than a pound or two a week are often causing water loss (which doesn’t help) or muscle loss which is detrimental to your goal of improved health.
4. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables have lots of antioxidants and other phytochemicals shown in some research studies to improve cardiac risk factors. An added bonus, for fruits and vegetables is their fiber content. Most of us do not get enough fiber in our diet. Fiber has shown to have positive effects on cholesterol levels.
5. Reduce intake of simple sugars. Read labels, read ingredients. Reduce intake of food where the first few ingredients are sugar or other simple sugars (they often end in – ose, dextrose, fructose, etc.) Always remember that ingredients are listed on labels in order of quantity, so when sugars are first on the list they are the main ingredients, when they are towards the end of the list then there is likely only a small amount.
6. Reduce the amount of fried foods that you eat. Fried foods are loaded with trans-fats. Trans-fats are fats where the molecules are twisted. You can see this happen when you deep fry with liquid oil. After cooking with the liquid it cools and becomes solid. Imagine this solid fat in your arteries, and your body does not have a means to deal with these fats. Nutrition labels have started indicating the amount of trans-fats but for labels that do not list it you should be on the look out for ingredients that say “partially hydrogenated”.

To get the remaining three tips and a surprise bonus go to www.metamorfitness.com

About MetamorFitness
MetamorFitness is a fitness consulting company providing Online and In-Home Fitness Consulting specializing in special populations. Katrina McKenna is the President and Owner of MetamorFitness. She is a Clinical Exercise Specialist certified through the American Council on Exercise (www.acefitness.org)



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