I make my health a top priority.
I lose excess weight, especially around my waist, with an active life and a healthy diet.
I take more steps each day. I avoid prolonged sitting. I get up at least once an hour to move around and stretch my muscles. I do aerobic exercises that make my heart pump faster, like running and biking. If I need to protect my joints, I use low impact activities like swimming or rowing.
I consume lots of fiber and fish. I cook with healthy fats. I cut back on salt.
I deal with stress constructively. I talk about my feelings instead of denying or suppressing them. I relax with enjoyable activities and gentle music.
I sleep well. Getting 7 to 8 hours of quality rest reduces inflammation and gives my heart and other organs time to make repairs.
I give up tobacco and avoid second-hand smoke.
I see my doctor for regular checkups and recommended screenings. I share my family history and answer questions truthfully. I watch my blood pressure and cholesterol. I learn about my personal risk factors and symptoms that require immediate care.
I keep up with the latest medical news. I follow research on heart medications and natural remedies.
Today, I make smart choices that help me to lead a long and active life. I keep my heart strong and healthy.
- Why is it important for me to take care of my heart?
- How can I include more heart-healthy foods in my diet?
- How can taking care of my heart help me to save money?