February has officially begun, which means it’s time to get those veins pumping in celebration of Heart Healthy Month. Will Torres, fitness expert and founder of willspace in NYC, shares these six easy ways to improve overall wellness and promote a healthier heart this month. As you are planning your wedding, keep these great tips to help you in your exercise and healthy-eating options.
#1. Drink 2 liters of water a day. The average person consumes about 1 liter of water per day, which often comes from acidic beverages like coffee, soda and tea. When you don’t take in enough water, the body is forced to retain water it would otherwise release, causing achy muscles, bloating, and fat storage. Drinking 2 liters of pure water per day will boost your metabolism, dilute acids, and wash away toxins that pose a threat to your health.
#2. Sugar is sugar, even if it’s natural! No matter where it comes from, sugar will cause you to store fat. Replace fruits high in sugar, such as pineapple, banana, and papaya with fruits that have a lower sugar content, like berries, cantaloupe, and watermelon. Steer clear of fruit juices – they contain a high amount of concentrated sugar without providing the fiber.
#3. Remove dairy from your diet. Not only does dairy create acid and cause bloating, but high levels of the protein casein (which makes up 87% of milk) have been linked with cancer. Cheese is especially risky, as it takes 10 pounds of milk to make just 1 pound of cheese. Remove dairy from your diet and you will look and feel leaner while reducing your risk of cancer.
#4. Boost your calcium intake with plant foods. The body uses calcium as a buffer to neutralize the acids that build up from stress, alcohol, and poor diet. Though milk is high in calcium, it is also very acidic. A cow gets its calcium from plant food, and so should you. Try 1 oz of almonds, ½ cup of arugula, Swiss chard or spinach to get the calcium your body needs without the excessive acidity.
#5. Not all soy is created equal. When it comes to soy, less is more. You only need a small amount to obtain its health benefits and you should always eat it in its natural form. Soybeans, edamame, and fermented soy products like tempeh are much better for you than tofu, soy faux meat, and soy snacks, which are over processed and acidic.
#6. Combine weightlifting and cardio in the same workout. This can boost your metabolism up to 10 times more than performing either component separately. Next time you’re at the gym, run 1 mile, then do 25 squats and 25 sit-ups. Repeat 3 times as fast as possible. Or grab a friend and push yourself to the limit with this partner move I like to call “Over-Under.”
- Partner A starts in a High Plank position.
- Partner B jumps over the Partner A.
- Partner A moves to a Downward Dog position.
- Partner B slides under Partner A to the other side and prepares to repeat.
- Repeat 5 times then switch sides
Will Torres, the owner of willspace in NYC has over 15 years of fitness experience and has been called “the man with the golden touch” by his notable client list of celebs and fashion insiders.