Love Your Heart

We are busy these days. We like to think we can take care of a lot of things at once. The trouble is taking care of ourselves often takes a back seat while we are taking care of “a lot of things”. Not taking care of our health may someday catch up to us. Investing in your health pays off big time every day.

Taking care of your heart is a key thing you can do for your health and well-being. Often, that means changing daily habits. This can take some real effort. To make the change easier, try tackling only one habit at a time. Such as, if you smoke cigarettes and you have a diet high in fat, work first on kicking the smoking habit. Then, once you’ve become a nonsmoker, pick a new goal. (But first, have a big party to celebrate quitting!) Your next goal could be to skim the fat from your food.

Remember, no one is perfect. There isn’t anyone who always eats the ideal diet or gets just the right amount of physical activity. The key thing is to follow a healthy plan that will lessen your chances of getting heart disease.

Decide today, what small change would be good for your heart health. Make a plan for how you will do that over the next two weeks. Remember, it takes at least two weeks to set a new habit. Write down and tell others your plan. Tell yourself you can do it! Be sure to reward yourself when you reach your goal.

So keep at it. Work with your doctor. Ask family members and friends for support. If you slip, try again. Be good to your heart, and it will reward you many times over—with a better chance for a longer, more active life.

For more on this topic, visit the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at

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