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Five Ways to Take Care of Your Heart This February

February 11, 2014

You might find yourself pretty bombarded with hearts this month. In addition to chocolate-covered Valentine’s Day hearts, it’s also Heart Month and February is the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign. To put it mildly, February is a great time to focus on your heart and how you can take better care of yourself.

heart health tips However, simply saying “I’m going to take better care of my heart this month” is a bit vague and makes it difficult to gauge success. To help kick off your heart month goals, we compiled a list of five simple and easy changes you can make to put your heart health first this February.

  1. Get Moving: If you aren’t someone who exercises regularly, be sure to talk to your doctor before beginning any formal exercise regime, but in the meantime, make an effort to move a little more. Whether it’s taking a walk, dancing in your kitchen, or dusting off the stationary bike in your garage, cardiovascular activity is great for your heart.
  2. Go Green: A total revamping of your diet might feel like a lot of pressure, so start small. Choose a serving of vegetables in place of another less heart healthy food is a great swap that can start a chain reaction of making better food choices.
  3. Visit Your Doctor: If you’ve fallen behind on your check-ups, make February the month you schedule an appointment. Your doctor can give you a clear picture of where you stand in your heart health and advice on how to achieve your goals.
  4. Take Time to De-stress: If the stress of a new year has started to weigh on you already, make sure you take time for activities that help lower your stress level. Relax with a book, meet up with friends, or take up yoga.
  5. Sleep More: Getting the proper amount of sleep is something that often easily slips off of the priority list, so make a conscious effort to turn in a little earlier this month.

How are you planning on celebrating Heart Month? What small changes will you make to take better care of your heart this February? Share your ideas in the comments section below!