Six New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthy Heart

It’s that time of year again when we all promise to make a change for the better.  Here’s some tips to help you stick to those resolutions on your way to a healthy heart.

  • Reduce stress.  Try to take some time for yourself each and every day.  Don’t lose sight of the big picture.  Finally, listen to your body for when it says “enough”, it probably is.
  • Stop smoking.  Stop smoking.  Stop smoking.
  • Eat healthier.  Drink low-fat milk.  Take baby carrots or cherry tomatoes to work for lunch.  Have fish for dinner twice a week.  Have one green vegetable with each evening meal.  Losing weight if you are overweight is obvious.  Track your weight on paper each morning to chart your progress.
  • Control blood pressure if elevated.  Watch your salt intake.  Take your blood pressure pills regularly.  Monitor on paper your morning blood pressure and review them with your doctor at follow-up visits.
  • Lower elevated cholesterol.  Know your LDL (“bad” cholesterol) and HDL (“good” cholesterol) levels.  Follow a prudent low cholesterol diet.  Take your medications if prescribed regularly.
  • Exercise regularly.  Even small amounts of daily exercise can provide significant heart benefits.  Try an activity that can fit into your daily routine…it doesn’t have to be a gym or a trainer… walking with a pedometer for 2 or 3 miles a day each morning would do just fine.

Have a Happy and Healthier New Year!

The MediLodge Group

2013 Heart Health

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