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Steps to a Heart-Healthy Life

Our hearts quite literally keep us alive. They work hard for us every day, and it is important to exercise good heart hearth. Want to improve your heart’s health? A series of small changes can make a big improvement.

Eat Healthy

We all want to eat healthy, but sometimes it’s difficult to know where to start. We recommend eliminating foods containing high levels of sugar, such as soda, fruit juice, candy, and other sweets. Focus on building a diet containing more vegetables, fruits, healthy fats, and fewer processed foods.

While heavily processed foods can be easy grab-and-go snacks, they don’t give our bodies the nutrition they need. Try including a serving of fruits and vegetables with every meal. Need a snack? Slice cucumbers, carrots, or bell pepper and dip them in hummus. Make it easier on yourself and prep a week’s worth of healthy snacks in advance. That way, when you’re hungry, you can grab a prepared bag out of the fridge and feed your body what it needs.

Get Moving

A sedentary life is bad for your heart, but movement is one of the best ways to help maintain heart health. Many people recommend 30 minutes of movement a day. If that’s too intimidating, try starting with just 10 minutes a day and gradually work your way up.

Find exercises that work for you. Maybe it’s jumping jacks and burpees while you watch your favorite show. Maybe it’s joining a gym or signing up for a Pilates class.

Exercising for a total of 60-90 minutes per week can decrease your risk of heart disease by almost 50 percent. Make a commitment to yourself to move every day. It can even be little things, like parking farther away from your office or taking the stairs instead of the elevator. The important thing is to focus on moving more.

Sleep Deeply

We know getting more sleep is beneficial to our overall health, but eight hours of sleep a night benefits your heart too. Try prioritizing quality sleep as often as you can. Not sleeping enough increases your risk of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and inflammation.

Need to get your heart checked? Make an appointment with our doctors today! We are ready to help you prioritize your heart health.

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