National Wear Red Day is coming up this week and I support Go Red For Women. Click the link for lots of tools and information.
[tweetthis]Becoming more heart healthy doesn’t happen overnight so take small steps for sustainable results.[/tweetthis]
Here are five simple ways to be more heart healthy in February
1. Move more.
If you work at a desk for most of the day, take frequent breaks and walk around. Stretch. Try to stand while working when possible, too.
Find a workout or walking buddy so you’re motivated to show up consistently (plus chatting with a friend make the time go by faster).
Use a Fit Bit to track your activity.
2. Have a wellness plan.
Try out a local yoga studio.
Find a local herb store like Desert Sage Herbs in Chandler, AZ to try customized teas.
Meet with a wellness practitioner to discuss and address your needs. Being well is about so much more than not being sick but taking care of yourself is a lifelong journey.
Follow my “wellness” Pinterest board for more ideas:
3. Keep stress levels low.
Stop laughing. Yes, you CAN keep stress levels low, in spite of your demanding child (or inlaw).
Take one day every week to unplug.
Take up or revisit a relaxing hobby like gardening or painting.
Looking to try something new? Find some fun ways to dive in on my “start here” Pinterest board:
Refuse to allow drama in your life. Declare your life a drama free zone.
4. Make self care a priority.
Maybe sipping tea isn’t, well, your cup of tea. Self care isn’t just about bubble baths and pedicures.
Set appointments with yourself to do whatever makes you feel happy and nurtured, whether that’s taking a day trip to a new place or touring an art museum. Treat it like a true appointment and don’t allow people or projects to infringe.
Every woman needs a space of her own, too.
There are more ideas on my “self care” Pinterest board:
5. Fuel your body.
We all know that we are what we eat. Are you a salad or a cupcake? (I love cupcakes)
Aim to add more whole foods to your diet and eliminate processed foods.
Consider getting a food allergy panel done. I did and once I discovered that I’m sensitive to wheat, gluten and cow’s milk and cut those items, I’ve lost weight and feel worlds better.
Be careful about what you fill your mind with, too, from negative friends to the nightly news.
Don’t get carried away, just focus on one area to work on and make a few small changes at a time.
How can YOU be more heart healthy in February? Do tell on the Facebook page.