While Valentine’s Day may have had the heart pumping, it’s essential to pay attention to our heart year-round.
Beyond those personal connections that support us and build a sense of community, heart health also means paying attention to essentials like diet and exercise, in addition to not smoking, getting enough sleep and reducing stress, the American heart Association notes.
One of the most important steps we can take to support our health – and yes, it may indeed involve steps – is exercise. The National Institute on Aging notes that being physically active, ideally with daily activity adding up to about 150 minutes each week, is a key way to maintain heart health.
What that looks like can be different for everyone. For residents at Quail Park of Lynnwood, for example, there are walking groups and scheduled group exercise classes, an indoor pool with waterfit classes and a gym open daily.
Not sure where to begin? Residents can take advantage of free one-on-one coaching in the gym with a physical therapy assistant and certified coach, and if you need to adapt exercise to your personal needs, there’s an on-site physical therapist and occupational therapist.
In addition to safely upping your activity level, a heart-healthy diet is also key, including choosing foods low in trans and saturated fats, added sugars and salt. Fortunately for Quail Park residents, the talented culinary team know all about ensuring healthy also tastes delicious!
Residents can select from extensive menu options served in two dining rooms, not to mention two bistros and a pub, with dining available from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily.
Beyond good food and exercise, it’s important as we age to keep track of our health. In addition to regular check-ups with our family doctor, it may mean close monitoring of things like blood pressure and diabetes, for example.
Quail Park residents have have access to free blood pressure checks weekly, plus nursing/care staff on-site around the clock.
To learn more about the possibilities awaiting at Quail Park of Lynnwood, where residences range from independent living cottages and apartments to assisted living, enhanced assisted living and memory care, or to arrange your virtual or in-person tour, call