By Dr. Rebecca Kappus
Department of Health and Exercise Science, Appalachian State University
The holiday season is here, and so is one of the unhealthiest times of the year for many of us: weight gain, added stress, unhealthy eating and little to no time for exercise, which results in strain on our cardiovascular system. Studies suggest increased cardiovascular disease risk during winter months, with a peak around the holidays.
There are a variety of ways we can protect our hearts during this holiday season and into the new year. Here are eight tips to help keep a happy, healthy heart: