New Year, New You: 5 Tips For Good Heart Health in the New Year

Every year around this time, people reminisce about the good times the past year brought them and resolve to not let the other things happen again in the year to come. Not to rain on your parade, but according to US News, 80% of New Year’s Resolutions fail by February. On top of that, when we think about how many of these resolutions have to do with health issues like diet and exercise, that’s way too high.

One reason for this may be because we’re too hard on ourselves. Keep it simple and stick with it. It takes at least 6 months to truly form habits. If improving your health is top of your list, pick things that you know you can do, not that you wish you could, but… No buts.

Here are 5 tips for good heart health in 2018:

  1. Substitute fish instead of red meat half the time
    • Red meat is associated with increased risk of heart disease
  2. Take the stairs 3 days per week
    • Doing stairs is great exercise and it’s free; just pretend elevators don’t exist Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
  3. Eat more fiber
    • Try to eat at least 35g of fiber per day; if you’re doing this, you’re probably choosing the right foods
  4. Tell your friends about your goals
    • People who share their goals and resolutions with people around them are more likely to follow through
  5. Know your risk
    • Heart disease is something that’s best to prevent rather than treat after it’s there

Heart disease gets complicated and New Year’s resolutions can be more stressful than they need to be. With these 5 tips that you can easily incorporate into your daily life, you’ll be in great shape (if you know I mean)!

If you have questions about your heart health, ask here. If you want more help getting on the right track, click here to find out more about how Heartbeat can help you.

Published by: Mark P. Abrams, MD

I'm an Internist, Educator, and Cardiology fellow in training. As the Director of Patient Engagement at Heartbeat Health, my goal is to make trustworthy information easily accessible and more available so that people can become more active members of their healthcare teams. By joining together, we can work toward keeping more people healthier, happier, and living longer fulfilling lives.

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