Heart Healthy Resolutions for the New Year

It's the time of year to think about setting resolutions for yourself. Remember that small changes make a big difference over time. Take it from Len Saunders, author of Generation Exercise and spokesperson for the American Heart Association from Montville, NJ - “Set yourself up for success this New Year by setting small, manageable goals. Instead of focusing on large numbers, like losing a certain amount of weight or going to the gym every day, think of resolutions as minor tweaks to your overall lifestyle.”

The American Heart Association provides tips to help you live a longer, healthier life. The Association’s Healthy for Good movement is a revolutionary program to inspire you to create lasting change by taking small, simple steps. It’s all about science-based information that leads to motivation, action and results.

Consider Following These Simple Intentions for 2019

Eat Smart - Healthy eating starts with making healthier food choices. It doesn’t mean you need to be a professional chef to create nutritious heart-healthy meals. You just need to learn what to look for at the grocery store and how to navigate restaurant menus to eat smart. Make it your goal to learn new recipes, find the right ingredients and make healthier choices whenever and wherever you eat.

Move More - Incorporate more movement into your daily routine by finding forms of exercise that you like and will stick with. A good starting number is 150 minutes each week, but if you can’t find time for a full workout, just find easy ways to incorporate movement into you day. Don’t forget that walking is one of the simplest ways to get active and stay active.

Be Well - Along with eating smart and moving more, overall health includes getting enough sleep, practicing mindfulness, managing stress, keeping mind and body fit and connecting socially. It’s important to find ways that help YOU relieve stress and anxiety, improve mood and boost feelings of happiness.

Add Color - Including more fruits and vegetables at every meal is an easy way to eat healthier. All forms (fresh, frozen, canned and dried) and all colors count, so add more color to your plate. Take this year to sneak more vegetables into your meals, build a hearty, healthy salad or even try planting your own garden.

To read the full article from The American Heart Association's website, click here

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