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Habits Worth Having

Simple starts for heart health

If you’ve been a smoker since high school or overweight since you were 16, the thought of becoming a whole new person probably sounds overwhelming. But James Underberg, MD, an editorial board member for the Journal of Clinical Lipidology, says getting healthy is about making small changes.

“People overestimate what’s required to make a change,” he says. Think about a huge stack of files on your desk. It might be daunting to organize all of them at once, but it’s more manageable to file a couple per day.

Likewise, think about the small steps you can take to have an impact on your heart. Here are a few simple things you can do today to get started:

  • Go for a 10-minute walk on your lunch break.
  • Add a salad to today’s lunch.
  • Swap out your soda for a glass of water.
  • Pace around your living room while you watch TV.
  • Take two minutes before bedtime to sit quietly and meditate.

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