You may not have a say in the weather or the price of gas, but you do have the opportunity to lower your risk for heart disease. These small lifestyle changes can produce a big difference in outcomes, adding years to your life (and health to those years).
#1 – Exercise daily
Just 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise, like walking, can dramatically reduce your risk of heart disease. Light to moderate exercise improves blood flow, promotes a healthy weight, strengthens your heart, lowers your cholesterol, and even reduces stress – providing everything your heart needs to stay healthy!
#2 – Make your plate colorful
Add fruits and vegetables in a variety of colors to your plate to get all the vitamins and minerals your heart needs to stay healthy. While dieting is hard, simply adding colorful produce to your plate is a little easier and has a great impact on your outcomes.
#3 – Quit smoking
Smoking can damage the lining of your arteries and lead to life-threatening heart disease. We know quitting isn’t easy, but there are resources available to help. You can call the CDC’s quit line at 1-800-784-8669 for guides and resources or visit www.quit.com for support.
#4 – Take care of yourself
Stress can wreak havoc on your body. In fact, being exposed to chronic stress and worry can increase your risk of heart disease even if no other risk factors are present. That means taking a bath, getting a massage, taking time away from your responsibilities, and getting plenty of rest is just what the doctor ordered.
#5 – Take your vitamins
Certain vitamins and minerals can reduce your risk of heart problems, including fiber, sterols, stanols, CoQ10, fish oil, and garlic. Vitamins are an inexpensive, easy way to put your heart health first and add years to your life.
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