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Want a Healthy Heart? Make These a Habit Now - 3rd Week

By Genevieve Cunningham

A healthy heart is one of the staples of longevity. Our hearts are more than metaphorical love symbols; they’re a crucial part of the way our bodies function. We need them to pump blood and oxygen throughout our bodies … we need them to be alive! Considering their great importance in our overall health and function, it’s a wonder we don’t pay them a little more individual attention. If you’d like to boost the health of your heart and keep it beating strong throughout your life, check out these habits to add to the mix today.

Quit Smoking

OK, this is not a habit to start, but rather a habit to stop. Now! If you want a healthy heart, smoking cannot be a part of your life. Smoking places a great deal of pressure on your heart, as well as constricts your blood vessels. If there’s one way to ensure an unhealthy heart, this is definitely it. Along with aging your lungs, skin, and teeth, smoking is a sure-fire way to harm your heart. Buy some gum, see a doctor, and get smoking out of your life for good.

Cardio Exercise

If you don’t do some sort of cardio, you should start today. Cardio not only enhances heart health, but also builds strong lungs and keeps your weight manageable. Need some ideas? Why don’t you try a simple walking routine? If you need something tougher, add jogging, sprints, hiking, or join a fun aerobics class. There are so many options out there, so choose something you like and get to it!

Kick That Stress

Stress is a natural and normal part of life. But if you’re not careful, it can also take over your health. To keep stress levels to a minimum, try some stress reducing techniques every day. Things like hot showers, engagement in a hobby, and plenty of physical exercise can lower levels significantly. It’s also a good idea to learn time management, learn to say no, and make plenty of time for yourself.

You can’t and won’t live long if you don’t take care of your heart. To get you started down the healthy heart path, try adding these simple habits into your normal routine. Once you’ve got these down, you can add more, but these are an excellent starting point. Take care of your precious ticker so that you can enjoy your life for a long time yet.

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