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Kick-Start Your Heart Healthy New Year!

Many people view the New Year as a fresh start-a chance to kick those bad habits and commit to better lifestyle choices. When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, few are more common than those that involve physical health, whether it’s losing weight or exercising more. If you’ve decided to make 2012 the year for improving your health, why not start with these simple heart health tips?

Improve your diet. Undertaking a complete diet change can be stressful for a lot of people, so why not start by resolving to make small adjustments here and there that will add up over time? Reduce your portion sizes by 25%. Replace your daily beverages with water.

Exercise. Getting plenty of exercise is a popular resolution that often loses steam by the end of January.  Many adults find daily trips to a health club boring and expensive or think there isn’t enough time in the day to exercise.  There are two excellent alternatives that will allow you to work out without joining a gym.  First, you can participate in a recreational league for a sport that you enjoy such as softball, soccer or basketball.  If sports leagues are not offered where you live, you can organize a weekly game with friends or coworkers.  This can be a lot more exciting, fun and social than going to a health club for an hour every other day.  Second, if you live within a reasonable distance to work you can exercise on your commute to work.   Many people walk, run or bike to work to save the cost of travel as well as making the most of their time during the day.

To learn more about improving your diet and fitness as well as the health of your heart, contact us today to meet with a cardiologist.

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