Steps to a Healthy Heart

You already know that maintaining a healthful diet, reducing stress, and getting plenty of exercise help keep your heart strong, but these other easy tips can give your heart-healthy lifestyle a boost.

Start a gratitude journal: 

Tapping into happy, positive emotions has been linked to lower changes of cardiac problems, while feelings of negativity can contribute to heart risks like high blood pressure over time.  Each day, write down one thing that you are grateful for, flip through for an uplifting reminder of all the good things in your life.

Healthy eating: 

If you can’t seem to say no to that cookie or side of fries, try keeping yourself on a healthy eating track by planning out meals ahead of time.  Include lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean portions.

 Try walking & meditating:

Cardio and strength training strengthen your heart and help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.  In addition, breathing exercises such as meditation work to reduce stress and high blood pressure.