10 Small Steps for Better Heart Health

1. Take a 10-minute walk.

If you don't exercise at all, a brief walk is a great way to start. If you do, it's a good way to add more exercise to your day. 

2. Give yourself a lift

Lifting a hardcover book or a two-pound weight a few times a day can help tone your arm muscles. When that becomes a breeze, move on to heavier items or join a gym.

3. Eat one extra fruit or vegetable a day

Fruits and vegetables are inexpensive, taste good, and are good for everything from your brain to your bowels.

4. Make breakfast count.

Start the day with some fruit and a serving of whole grains, like oatmeal, bran flakes, or whole-wheat toast.

5. Stop drinking your calories.

Cutting out just one sugar-sweetened soda or calorie-laden latte can easily save you 100 or more calories a day.

6. Have a handful of nuts.

Walnuts, almonds, peanuts, and other nuts are good for your heart. Try grabbing some instead of chips or cookies when you need a snack,

7. Sample the fruits of the sea.

Eat fish or other types of seafood instead of red meat once a week. It's good for the heart, the brain, and the waistline.

8. Breathe deeply

Try breathing slowly and deeply for a few minutes a day. It can help you relax. Slow, deep breathing may also help lower blood pressure

9. Wash your hands often.

Scrubbing up with soap and water often during the day is a great way to protect your heart and health.

10. Count your blessings

Taking a moment each day to acknowledge the blessings in your life is one way to start tapping into other positive emotions