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Exercise isn’t the only way to a healthier heart.
“There are a number of habits that can help,” Melanie DeVries, a Family Medicine nurse practitioner at Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin, Minnesota, says. “Lifestyle factors play a big role in preventing or managing heart disease.”
Melanie offers these five tips to keep the (heart) beat:
- Veg out — Adding vegetables and fruits to your diet boosts your heart health. Aim for five servings each day.
- Volunteer — Sharing your time and talents is good for your heart. Look for opportunities to get involved at your neighborhood school, place of worship or community.
- Give thanks — Gratitude can boost your immunity and help you sleep. Keep a gratitude journal to help the act of regularly giving thanks become second nature.
- Stress less — Exercising and meditation can help you manage stress. So can setting boundaries. You can’t do everything. Learn to say ‘no’ occasionally.
- Sleep more — Make sleep a priority. Aim for eight hours a night. Exercising during the day and avoiding heavy meals and electronics too close to bedtime may help you fall — and stay — asleep.