GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — February is Women’s Heart Health Month, a perfect time to take steps to make sure you’re taking good care of yourself, as well as your cardiovascular system. 

According to the American Heart Association, at least one in three women will die of heart disease. Fortunately, experts with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say 80 percent of deaths related to heart disease are preventable. 

Connie Sheehan of PUSH Fitness explains why your cardiovascular health is so important and offers simple solutions, as well as easy-to-follow cardio exercises (no gym equipment needed), to increase your heart health one beat at a time.

Connie's three rules to take to heart:

1. Remember that the heart is a muscle. So just like any other muscle in our bodies, you need to train and strengthen it to help improve and sustain our overall health.

Increasing physical activity not only increases physical performance but aids in more restful sleep, less stress and better overall brain functioning.

2. Every person is unique. Some people need more cardio and some need less. So, listen to your body and find what is right for you. An average of 3.5 hours a week is a great goal.

That’s only 30 minutes a day. Add this to maintaining a healthy diet and working to reduce stress through breathing exercises and you are on your way to heart health success.

3. Finally, always start by asking your physician or certified personal trainer for support and guidelines, because every body is different.

Start slow, just a few minutes a day, and build from there. Vary your formats to keep things fresh. Just keep moving and find your flow.

For more information about PUSH Fitness, call 314-649-PUSH (7874).