Long Island Heart Associates » Did you know? http://www.liheart.org Long Island Heart Associates Wed, 09 Dec 2015 17:34:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.17 Bacteria in the Intestines Linked to Heart Attacks http://www.liheart.org/bacteria-in-the-intestines-linked-to-heart-attacks/ http://www.liheart.org/bacteria-in-the-intestines-linked-to-heart-attacks/#comments Thu, 25 Apr 2013 19:33:51 +0000 http://www.liheart.org/?p=2200 It may come as no surprise that there is a conspicuous correlation between the food that people eat and their risk for heart attack and heart disease. While we often link the type and amount of food as the driving factor for heart health complications, researchers have now linked bacteria in the intestines to an increased risk of heart attack, focusing primarily on carnitine and lecithin.

Meat and Egg Connoisseurs…Beware?

Red meat has taken a hard hit over the last few months as researchers continue to point to heart complications associated with carnitine and red meat consumption. In a recent article published by the New York Times, the same is being said for lecithin—a substance found most commonly in egg yolk.

On April 24th, 2013, The New England Journal of Medicine published its most recent study of lecithin in relation to the body’s bacteria and the role that it plays in one’s overall health and well-being, including coronary artery disease.

The study included just over 4,000 patients over a 3 year period, all undergoing elective coronary angiography–a test to visualize blood in the coronary arteries.

According to Dr. Stanley Hazen, chairman of the department of cellular and molecular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute, heart disease could perhaps involve bacteria residing in our digestive system—including the stomach and intestines.

The Main Culprits Associated with Diminished Coronary Health

Carnitine is a compound found in red meat while lecithin, as previously mentioned, is a substance found in egg yolk. Both are chemically related and produce the chemical choline when digested—it is then converted by the liver into trimethylamine N-oxide, (TMAO) for short.  It is the high levels of TMAO in the bloodstream that are linked to the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Sound like too much to take in at once? Although the study does show TMAO as a leading factor in one’s heart health, Dr. Hazen suggests that a much more detailed study would have to be done to specifically pin the definitive heart health benefits of reduced levels of TMAO.

To conclude the findings of the lecithin study, it is recommended for individuals worried about heart attack and stroke to consider limiting the amount of foods high in fat and cholesterol such as red meat and egg yolks. If taking vitamins and supplements for additional nutrients but aiming to reduce the intake of choline, be cautious of choline present in the vitamins and supplements.

If you are concerned with your heart health and would like to request a consultation with a heart doctor, click here.



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Twitter—a Preventative Measure for Cardiovascular Disease http://www.liheart.org/twitter%e2%80%94a-preventative-measure-for-cardiovascular-disease/ http://www.liheart.org/twitter%e2%80%94a-preventative-measure-for-cardiovascular-disease/#comments Thu, 18 Apr 2013 21:00:57 +0000 http://www.liheart.org/?p=2190 Want to hear about the latest and greatest news in real-time? Turn your sights towards social platforms where newsworthy information can be shared in mere seconds. According to a recent article published by MedicalXpress, Twitter can play a key role in preventing heart disease as suggested by a group of researchers affiliated with the University of Sydney.

The Low Down on Twitter, Tweeting and Top Influencers

At 140 characters or less, Twitter has become a real-time informational network connecting friends, family, and complete strangers who share topics of interest—serving as a hub for all kinds of interesting conversations.

According to TechCrunch, Twitter passed 500 million users in June of 2012 with 140 million here in the U.S. Of all active users, the most recognized figures with the largest following count include: Justin Bieber—37.6 million, Katy Perry—35 million, and Barack Obama—29.9 million, [digitaltrends.com].

Although a-list celebrities are likely not tweeting about the latest breakthroughs in heart health, there are influential figures in the medical field such as heart doctors and physicians that do hold weight and can be recognized as a source of notable and factual information.

Cardiovascular Education via Social Media

Popular social media platforms such as Twitter can significantly increase awareness through enhanced education of cardiovascular disease.

The study highlighting the benefits of Twitter as a means of raising cardiovascular disease awareness was recently published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. There were a total of 15 international health-focused Twitter accounts, 6 medical journals and 9 professional organizations whose Twitter accounts were analyzed—reporting on tweets, growth and total reach. [MedicalXpress]

Julie Redfern, Associate Professor of the George Institute for Global Health said that through re-tweeting trends, researchers were able to examine the reach of health-related tweets.

“The popularity and rise of Twitter has made it a readily available, free, and user-friendly tool to disseminate information rapidly to a diverse audience, for example, to engage health professionals and heart attack survivors. In recent years, a growing number of health professionals have been using social media to share information. In a survey of 485 oncologists and physicians, 24 percent used social media at least daily to scan or explore medical information.”

This study comes after others that have successfully reported growth in the use of Twitter as an educational means after sharing medical news about quitting smoking and managing seizures.

Don’t forget to tweet this!

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Bikram Yoga: Internal and External Health Benefits http://www.liheart.org/bikram-yoga-internal-and-external-health-benefits/ http://www.liheart.org/bikram-yoga-internal-and-external-health-benefits/#comments Thu, 04 Apr 2013 14:52:01 +0000 http://www.liheart.org/?p=2173 Bikram Yoga gained popularity in the 1970’s and has remained popular in both India and the United States for the healing powers associated with the 26 pose series. Whether you suffer from debilitating thyroid or kidney conditions to heart disease or arthritis, the benefits of Bikram are widespread.

What to Expect In a Bikram Yoga Class:

Imagine holding a tough pose for a set amount of time in a heated room. That’s what you can expect when attending a Bikram Yoga class. Your session will be taught by a trained professional who has mastered the Bikram training program and will be able to guide attendees through correct breathing and posture to give the best experience possible.

A sequence of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises will be conducted in a room heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit. This 90 minute session is aimed at increasing flexibility, reducing stress and tension and aiding in overall health—both internal and external. To receive the benefits of Bikram, it is recommended to attend 3 to 4 sessions per week.

Is Bikram The Solution to Your Problems?

  1. Weight loss: Attending a regular 90-minute session of Bikram Yoga can help to burn between 500-1000 calories, according to Livestrong.com—the equivalent to over an hour of running!
  2. Blood Pressure: If you rely on blood pressure medication to reduce high blood pressure levels, Bikram Yoga is a great alternative to taking medication and can naturally lower your blood pressure. After the first week, patients with high blood pressure may see a slight increase although this is normal. After the second week of regular attendance, blood pressure levels naturally decrease. Be sure to consult a physician if you are unsure of the effects that Bikram Yoga will have on your health.
  3. Back Pain: Do you suffer from debilitating back pain or sciatica nerve pain? Easing your way into each stretch will help to alleviate the pressure on your back. Each pose is designed to comfort the spine and move it in every direction to keep the muscles surrounding the back in tune and flexible to each series of movements.
  4. Cholesterol: By aiding in circulation, the Bikram Yoga poses allow blood to flow through the body, helping to cleanse the arteries. This, in turn, naturally reduces bad cholesterol.
  5. Stress: Mental stress can play a huge role in performance—both at work and at home. If you feel weighed down, Bikram Yoga allows you to take time to yourself to focus on you and your body—increasing mental “clarity” and calming the body.

Make sure to consult a cardiologist if you have family history of heart disease or are unsure of the effects that Bikram Yoga can have on your heart health.

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Travel Smart: Heart Health Tips to “Bring With You” http://www.liheart.org/travel-smart-heart-health-tips-to-%e2%80%9cbring-with-you%e2%80%9d/ http://www.liheart.org/travel-smart-heart-health-tips-to-%e2%80%9cbring-with-you%e2%80%9d/#comments Thu, 28 Mar 2013 17:24:26 +0000 http://www.liheart.org/?p=2179 Who doesn’t love the thought of a much-needed vacation? A planned getaway: a time to clear your mind and rest from the hectic work week over a series of days where you spend time doing what you want to do without a care in the world. Let’s face it, as wonderful as traveling can be, arriving at your planned destination takes a lot of time, money and effort which can be stressful in and of itself.

Vacationing has the adverse effect as well and can actually aid in overall health and well-being. According to the infamous Framingham Heart Study, men who took more frequent vacations showed a reduced risk for heart disease.

If you are worried about your cardiovascular health, it is important to have a few travel tips to “take with you” no matter where your destination may be. Here are three tips and tricks to keep you feeling your best on your time off.

Eat Balanced Meals: The various new restaurants with catchy-titles might be hard to pass up but keep in mind your daily caloric intake and how a large, fatty meal will affect your mood. Eating a balanced meal with wholesome and nutritious food will give you energy to make the most of your vacation.

  • Book a room with a mini-fridge and/or kitchenette.
  • Plan one to two restaurant outings at a restaurant of your choice.
  • Pack breakfast and lunch—enjoy your meal while on the go!
    • Beach: Once you make your way to the beach, will you really want to leave? Pack a lunch and bring a small cooler or lunchbox to keep food and beverages cool.
    • Hiking: Bring lunch with you and eat outside. Having a picnic with delicious food in a new surrounding is like going out to eat, isn’t it?

Stay Active: Vacationing should be relaxing so try not to overdo the workout but definitely take advantage of the onsite resort amenities. Here’s what to look for in a resort:

  • Pool
  • Exercise room
  • Tennis court
  • Mini golf
  • Game room

Sightsee: Sightseeing will allow you to make the most of your trip whether it was planned with family, friends or on a business basis. Sometimes, traveling alone will allow you to reap the health benefits of getting away, reducing the home life stressors and tension that you may face each day along with every day job stress. If a nagging wife or husband is the least of your worries, consider reconnecting with your spouse! The time away could make you grow closer.

If you feel you’re prepared to take on the road ahead, pack your bags and get a move on. Vacation is waiting for you. Bon voyage!

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Run Your Way to Health http://www.liheart.org/run-your-way-to-health/ http://www.liheart.org/run-your-way-to-health/#comments Thu, 21 Mar 2013 18:41:32 +0000 http://www.liheart.org/?p=2166 Cardio is a great way to burn calories and build endurance. Running is one of the best full body workouts and will greatly benefit your health if the right steps are taken to increase stamina. If you’re interested in becoming a runner, lace up and get ready. This article will give you the guidance you need to get out and get a move on.


Reasons to start running:

  • Health benefits: Aid in heart health with a light jog! If you have a family history of heart disease or are looking to stay physically fit, joggers have shown to have a significantly lower risk of heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure.
  • Emotional benefits: If you are looking for a natural way to boost your mood while also reducing stress levels, a brisk morning jog or after-work run will keep you focused on the road ahead. Being in tune with your senses and following a rhythmic pace will help to reduce any tension weighing on your neck, shoulders and back.
  • Disease prevention: Researchers suggest that individuals who allot between 5 to 7 hours of walking or running per week have a reduced risk for colon, breast and lung cancer than individuals who receive less than an hour of running or walking per week.

Reasons to keep running:

If the colder temperatures have made you rethink your daily run, rethink that thought! The colder weather is associated with the holidays which in turn make exercise vital to keeping off, or shedding, the holiday pounds. If you are just sick of the mundane task of running—switch up your routine a little and make it exciting again.

Burning calories: Although the answer to, “how many calories do I burn during a run?” differs with each individual, it’s safe to say that running a mile will burn the equivalent of your weight. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you will likely burn between 100 to 130 calories. The amount of effort and energy used to run a mile is greater for an individual with a higher weight.

The beginners guide to running:

Not a runner? Here’s a simple guide to get you up to speed. The pyramid interval workout is one of the best ways to build agility while giving your body time to recuperate.

  • Begin with a basic 5 minute warm up at a slow but steady pace to get your heart rate up to speed.
  • Sprint for 1 minute
  • Recover for 1 minute
  • Sprint for 2 minutes
  • Recover for 2 minutes

Continue with this pattern until you have reached 5 minutes. At 5 minutes, begin to bring your time down slowly by 1 minute, recovering for only 2 minutes per sprint. Cool down for 5 minutes at the same slow pace as the workout routine.

What you’ll need:

  • A good pair of running shoes: Sneakers may be expensive but it’s an investment that will benefit you and your knees from the impact of running.
  • Supportive sportswear: For women, buying a sports bra is not exactly a necessity but it will make for a more enjoyable experience. Compression shorts and comfortable clothing will keep you comfortable and on the move.

Tips to keep you going:

  • Stay hydrated
  • Remember to pace yourself


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Job Stress Could Be Hurting Your Heart http://www.liheart.org/job-stress-could-be-hurting-your-heart/ http://www.liheart.org/job-stress-could-be-hurting-your-heart/#comments Thu, 14 Mar 2013 19:37:39 +0000 http://www.liheart.org/?p=2161 It is important to have a healthy balance between work life and family life, but what is considered healthy when work seems to be getting the best of you? For those who are plagued by stress and anxiety, you know how it feels to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders.

Although it may be easier to say than to do—relax. There is a healthy balance between work and life and the faster it is found, the happier and more stress-free you will be.

A Learned Behavior: How to “Call It a Day”

One of the most difficult behaviors to learn is being able to leave work at work. Stress on the job can actually affect your ability to think or function properly at home. If you are married or have children, work stress can get in between your personal relationships and damage more than just your motivation to perform well in an office setting.

Mental exhaustion that follows stress at work can have adverse effects on your physical health. According to researchers in a study published in the journal PLoS One, people who work between 7 to 8 hours a day are much less likely to suffer from depression. Individuals who work 11+ hours a day are more than doubling their chances of suffering from depression; a not-so-surprising finding.

Prolonged Sitting

Although it may be nice to relax, sitting all day at work is terrible for your health. If your job requires you to sit at a desk for 8 or more hours a day, it may be time to pencil in a trip to the gym or at least a walk around the town during your lunch break. Not only is it bad to sit for extended periods of time, it is also bad to eat while sitting and not moving for hours as your food begins to digest. Before, during or after lunch, make it a habit to get up, walk around and be on your feet. This boost of energy may actually have the ability to clear your head a bit, allowing you to focus better for the rest of the day.

Sleep Apnea and Stress

Fighting sleep may feel like a job in and of itself. Sleep is a crucial element to proper brain development and function and without it; simple everyday tasks become difficult and can being to have an impact on health and mental performance. Sleep apnea is a disorder of interrupted breathing when muscles become too relaxed during sleep.

If you have experienced stress from your job and have found it to keep you up at night, it is best to make sure you are following a proper diet and exercise routine as staying active is a vital role in both mental and physical health.

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Heart Health Myths http://www.liheart.org/heart-health-myths/ http://www.liheart.org/heart-health-myths/#comments Thu, 28 Feb 2013 22:58:12 +0000 http://www.liheart.org/?p=2132 Are you able to separate myth from fact when it comes to your heart health? At the Long Island Heart Associates, we’ve done the research for you. Here is what we have uncovered about factors that may or may not have a negative impact on your heart.




1. If you had high blood pressure or cholesterol levels, you would know.

This could not be farther from the truth. In fact, testing for high blood pressure and high cholesterol is the only way to truly know if you fall victim. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is often referred to as a silent killer—you usually are unaware of it until symptoms such as headaches and renal failure come into play. High cholesterol, in most cases, is hereditary. Exercising and eating right can help to alleviate high cholesterol. Those who are thin and in shape can suffer, thanks to genetics.

2. Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States, but if you’re young, you are free to worry of such a disease.

False. When taking into account the risk factors that lead to heart disease, such as diabetes, obesity and hypertension, no one can rule out heart disease.

3. Sex is a form of exercise; therefor it will reduce my risk for heart attack and associated heart problems.

While this may be partially true, you also have to take into account the type of relationship involved. Although having a heart attack from sex might be rare, cheating on your spouse with another partner could highly increase your chances of suffering a heart attack because there is more risk involved—leading to an increased heart rate and higher than normal blood pressure levels.

4. The damage has been done because I have been diagnosed with heart disease.

Yes, heart disease will have a negative impact on your health and has likely followed a variety of health problems ranging from hypertension to weight problems and/or diabetes but being diagnosed with heart disease does not mean your life is over. In fact, research suggests that it may be possible to undo the damage. How so? You may have already heard this from a friend, parent, doctor or spouse but eating healthier, exercising and limiting toxins to the body such as alcohol, smoke or highly processed foods can, and will, put you on a healthier track.

5. I’m athletic. I take care of myself and I know I will never have a heart attack. 

It’s great to take care of yourself and exercise plays a huge role in staying healthy but it does not rule out disease or heart attack though it will likely reduce the risk. As previously mentioned, it is important to eat healthy, remain physically fit and reduce harsh toxins from the body such as smoke, alcohol and highly processed foods. Individuals who are thin and would generally be viewed as “healthy” could still be at risk for high cholesterol and diabetes.

Do you have a questionable heart health fact that you would like us to look into? Let us know!



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Heart-Healthy Living Made Easy http://www.liheart.org/heart-healthy-living-made-easy/ http://www.liheart.org/heart-healthy-living-made-easy/#comments Thu, 07 Feb 2013 23:54:55 +0000 http://www.liheart.org/?p=2106 Looking for foods rich in nutrients and flavor to protect your heart and satisfy your cravings? Recipes like this do exist and are easy to make and include into a daily diet regimen.  Spice up your life—the healthy way, with low sodium substitutes and low carb alternatives.


Make the switch to corn—tortillas, that is! According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, bread contains an unheard of amount of sodium, upwards of 230 milligrams to be exact. Though it is not recommended to remove bread from your diet altogether, it is imperative to cut down if you are concerned with your sodium intake.

Corn tortillas are a great alternative to white or whole wheat bread, containing as few as 5 milligrams per tortilla.

Try this delicious recipe—a healthy alternative to the bacon egg and cheese at your favorite local deli! Save money and support your health by preparing this meal before you start your day.

Spinach & Egg Scramble on a Corn Tortilla:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 corn tortilla

Together, this heart-healthy duo of egg and spinach can make for a delicious omelet at only 110 calories, 11 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein.

Pair with a corn tortilla at around 45 calories for a more filling meal which also promotes healthy living.


Chili is great on its own or paired with veggies, crackers or cornbread. Try this recipe and enjoy chili today and tomorrow. If stored in an airtight bag or container, chili freezes great and can be stored for several months…or until your next craving!

Chili on the go:

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 onion [chopped]
  • 1 green bell pepper [chopped]
  • 1 can organic dark kidney beans [Strained]
  • 1 can diced tomatoes [No Salt Added]
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • ¼ cup chili powder


At less than 180 calories per serving, lemon-herb grilled chicken is a great way to add flavor to a meal without an overbearing, salty flavor.

Lemon-Herb Chicken—Grilled:

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves [lean]
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic [minced]
  • 1 tbsp. finely shredded lemon peel
  • 2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. dried rosemary
  • ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
  • Fresh thyme sprigs [optional]
  • Lemon wedges [optional]

Low sodium, low carb diets require additional planning each day though the result will lead to acquired energy and concentration. Avoiding processed foods will greatly decrease your risk of consuming more than the recommended daily intake of sodium and carbohydrates.

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How to Keep Your Heart Healthy This Winter http://www.liheart.org/how-to-keep-your-heart-healthy-this-winter/ http://www.liheart.org/how-to-keep-your-heart-healthy-this-winter/#comments Thu, 31 Jan 2013 22:34:45 +0000 http://www.liheart.org/?p=2101 The winter can be beautiful, minus the cold, the extra effort to stay warm and the increased risk for heart attacks—a surprising finding that is not solely connected to the cold temperatures or the extra effort needed to battle the elements.

Now is the time to protect your heart health:

There are a variety of reasons researchers have found the winter months to increase the risk of heart attacks for those across the country from various climatic settings. Here are a few tips to keep you and your heart in tip-top shape for the coming year and for the many years to follow:

1-      Fight the Cold Winter Blues: Depression is a condition, sometimes of clinical diagnosis, that can be overlooked although the added stress and feeling of inadequacy can have a direct effect on your health. The shorter days and lack of sunlight are said to play a key role in developing the mid-winter blues. The best way to avoid depression is to take part in a fun winter activity—allowing you to be a part of a larger community.

2-      It’s Flu Season, Get Vaccinated! In the United States, flu season is at its peak in January and February though it typically begins in early fall. It is important to receive a flu vaccination to avoid obtaining and spreading the flu to others. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is strongly suggested that everyone over the age of 6 months old get vaccinated, especially those who fall under the following categories:

  • Those who have had certain medical conditions
  • Women who are pregnant
  • People over the age of 65
  • People who live with or care for those who are at a high risk

3-      Remember to Stay Hydrated: Staying hydrated means more than adding an extra cup of tea, hot chocolate or coffee to your everyday diet to stay warm in the winter. Add water to the mix and make sure to drink the required amount each day. This may vary depending on the amount of physical activity which may vary per each individual’s needs.

4-      Avoid Strenuous Activities: Studies suggest that the unusual physical exertion of shoveling snow, especially in the early morning hours, can spike blood pressure and put an unnecessary strain on the heart. Although it may be hard to avoid shoveling altogether, taking it slow could have a better impact on your health.

5-      Avoid Excess Weight Gain: It can be hard to find the motivation to get outside and take part in activities when it gets dark before you leave the office. Staying active during the winter months can be done by putting in the extra effort by means of transportation. Walk to work if you can and take the stairs. The extra effort will increase your stamina. If you do decide to stay inside, household chores will keep the body active!

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5 Winter Activities That Promote Healthy Living http://www.liheart.org/5-winter-activities-that-promote-healthy-living/ http://www.liheart.org/5-winter-activities-that-promote-healthy-living/#comments Thu, 24 Jan 2013 23:14:04 +0000 http://www.liheart.org/?p=2097 The weather outside is frightful and the fire might be delightful but that is no reason to stay inside this winter. Rather than hibernating in your home until the spring, take part in new and exciting activities to keep you active during the cold winter months. Here’s how to get the most out of your New Year while reaping the benefits of an active, healthy lifestyle!

Winter weather activities are endless—weather permitting!

In the Northeast, below freezing nights are of abundance while snowflakes are out of sight. Winter activities should not be put on hold if snow fails to fall. When you think the cold has the best of you and you begin to count the days until the warmer months, remember that warmth can be achieved with a few extra layers!

If you are looking for something fun to do this winter, take part in the following activities with the company of friends and family but remember to dress for the cold. Any great activity can become miserable if the cold gets the best of you. Burn calories, relieve stress and enjoy the great outdoors. The winter is almost over, what are you waiting for?

  1. Take Advantage of Online Offerings: Make use of special deals and promotions in your area: Do you live close to a small town that you are unfamiliar with or a city with an endless amount of activities? If you have a place of interest in mind that you have yet to visit, venture out and see what you’ve been missing. Sites like Groupon and Living Social have group discounts and fun activities that can be enjoyed for less. There’s nothing better than finding a great deal online!
  2. Visit State Lands: If you are looking for a weekend getaway, visit your states department of environmental conservation page. Here you will find a guide to outdoor activities for any time of year. Visiting state lands will ensure a unique trip at an affordable cost. Though each state forest is different, winter activities likely include: skiing, fishing, hunting, dog sledding and miles of trails for cross country skiing and snowmobiling.
  3. The Winter Equivalent to a Summer Hike: Cross country skiing and snowshoeing are adventurous activities and are much easier to learn than skiing or snowboarding on a vertical slope. If you are looking for a safe family activity or want to enjoy an adventurous, out-of-the-ordinary date, cross country skiing and snowshoeing are the winter equivalents to a summer hike. The terrain is endless with these two sports and can be done on a snow covered lake or a mountain trail.
  4. Ice Fishing: Finding a place to ice fish might be the first obstacle at hand if this is something that interests you. Have no fear! Your states department of environmental conservation website will house a variety of nearby public lakes in surrounding counties along with tips to keep you safe on the ice. Gear up and get ready to catch the big one but don’t forget to bring the appropriate fishing license!
  5. Skating: Fortunately for those interested in ice skating without waiting for the perfect conditions can find a nearby rink for open skating. Gather a group of friends and play a game of ice hockey. Make sure to dress appropriate for indoor ice skating. Believe it or not, the indoor rink can be just as cold!

Remaining active throughout the year will aid in habits that promote heart health now and in the future. At the Long Island Heart Associates, we encourage individuals to lead and live a happy and healthy life through daily exercise—the more enjoyable, the better! If you have questions about your heart health, contact a New York cardiology associate today!

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