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New Year Resolutions For Your Heart

Yumhee Park Jan 2nd, 2015 (updated Jun 9th, 2015)
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A new year is a clean slate! It’s a chance to say goodbye to bad habits and hello to better health. Here are some resolutions you can make for improved heart health.

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Heart-pumping exercises
Heart-pumping exercises

Be conscious of the exercises you choose and cater them to your heart. Incorporate cardio exercises at least three times a week. Luckily, cardio exercises can come in many forms and can be cost effective, from simple walking or running to dancing to Zumba videos on YouTube.

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Eat more greens
Eat more greens

Studies have shown eating more greens can significantly improve heart health. Green veggies contain nitrates that can help to keep your heart healthy. Choose to keep your plate mostly green this new year with these delicious vegetables.

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Check your blood pressure more regularly
Check your blood pressure more regularly

Hypertension or high blood pressure is often called the silent killer. High blood pressure contributes to a number of heart problems, so it’s important to check your blood pressure more regularly, especially if you know you are living with heart problems or hypertension.

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Get your diabetes under control
Get your diabetes under control

Having diabetes increases your risk of suffering from a heart attack or a stroke, so it’s imperative to get your diabetes under control. Resolve to manage your diabetes by incorporating diet and exercise changes as well as talking to your doctor about the best ways to go about this. 

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De-stress every day
De-stress every day

Take a moment every day to de-stress from all the day’s worries. Recognize that your responsibilities are not everything and meditate on all the positives on your life. This can help keep blood pressure at a normal range and lessen the likelihood that stress will spur bad eating habits.