Prioritize exercise: Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise five days a week. This could be a brisk walk, a jog, or a quick workout session. Find ways to add short movement breaks into your daily routine, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator or walking instead of driving short distances.
Plan your meals: Planning your meals ahead of time can help you make healthier choices and avoid fast food and processed snacks. Meal prepping can save time and ensure you have healthy options available when you're short on time.
Choose heart-healthy foods: Focus on foods that are high in fiber, lean protein, and healthy fats, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and fish. Limit your intake of processed foods, sugary drinks and processed snacks.
Take breaks throughout the day: Sitting for extended periods can be detrimental to heart health. Take breaks throughout the day to stand up, stretch, and move around. Try setting an alarm to remind yourself to move.
Stress less: Stress can have a negative impact on heart health. Find healthy ways to manage stress, such as practicing yoga or meditation, taking a walk in nature, or engaging in a hobby you enjoy.
Get enough sleep: Aim for at least seven hours each night. Lack of sleep can increase the risk of heart disease and other health problems.
Limit alcohol intake: Excessive alcohol consumption can increase blood pressure and contribute to heart disease. Limit to one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men.
Infusing these healthy heart habits into your daily routine can help you maintain a healthy heart and overall well-being, even when you're busy.
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