Lifestyle choices can have a significant impact on the health of your heart. Keeping your heart healthy is something you can work on every day. Whole body wellness can help you feel stronger, healthier, and mentally sharp – and it can also reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke. Along with eating right and being active, real health includes getting enough sleep, practicing mindfulness, managing stress, keeping mind and body fit, connecting socially, and more.

Making time for a healthy lifestyle can seem overwhelming, but the good news is that making a few small lifestyle changes can lead to heart-healthy habits that in time require little thought or effort. Get creative by working heart-healthy habits into your family’s lifestyle and schedule.

  1. Start by tracking each family member’s daily activities to get a snapshot of when you might be able to get the family together for physical activity. It can also help you see which activities you can cut back on. Move more and sit less, indoors or outdoors, in your everyday routine.
  2. Plan a weekly menu and prep your meals. Try tracking how many times you grab food on the go for one week. Then look for blocks of time when you can do a little planning, it will be easier to learn healthy food preparations and fix healthy snacks.
  3. Simplify your family’s schedule. Today, we are expected to do it all, but this type of non-stop lifestyle is not sustainable or healthy. Try prioritizing your activities and see what you can do without so you will have more time for things that matter most and can remain balanced. Keep in mind that a strong mind and body will energize you and lead to a happier, healthier life. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices impacting our overall health.
  4. Seek regular check-ups and follow-up care with your physician and never ignore the warning signs of heart attack, stroke, cardiac arrest or any other medical emergency.

A healthy heart begins with you and although making sure that everyone in your home is healthy can be a lot to handle, it’s important to know that each step you take towards a healthier lifestyle is important, so you don’t miss a beat!

Take the first step to improving heart health and join us at our FREE virtual seminar hosted by family medicine physician Hans Jensen, DO, on Tuesday, September 22, to learn tips to eat smart, move more and be well. Making little changes today can mean a healthier heart in the future!

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