Take Care of Your Heart

We take care of our home and its needed upkeep. Our cars get routine oil changes to keep them running well. We take our kids in for physicals so they stay healthy. How well do you do at taking care of yourself? Especially, your heart.

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 comfortable as a nonsmoker, begin to skim the fat from your diet.

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 gradually 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!

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 https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/

Call Four Corners for help in keeping your heart healthy: 1-877-337-3573. Or email us at info@fourcorners.ne.gov.