It may seem difficult to make time for a heart-healthy lifestyle, but there are a few simple, family-friendly habits you can begin today that will start you on the right path.

FIND TIME FOR ACTIVITY

Look at your schedule for the week, and pick two 30-minute and two 60-minute time slots devoted to activity by yourself or with your family. Try to figure out which times work best, and what activities everyone enjoys.

PLAN A WEEKLY MENU, AND PREP MEALS IN ADVANCE

Find times to plan and prep healthy meals before your week starts. This will help you cut back on processed and fast foods, and will promote healthier meals and snacks.

KEEP IT SIMPLE

Many of us have non-stop schedules, which can be unhealthy and stressful. Decide what your priorities are, and see what you can do without. Learning stress management methods can help as well.

ONE DAY AT A TIME

The journey toward heart health can seem intimidating, so start out with small steps. Once you’re comfortable with your progress, add something new at your own pace. Focus on one aspect until you’ve made it a habit, then add more.

KEEP EVERYONE ACCOUNTABLE

It’s never too early to teach healthy habits. Even young children can help with meal prep and stay active with the family. Working together will also help to keep everyone motivated.

BE THE EXAMPLE

Children who watch their parents’ good habits will turn into children with good habits. Be their inspiration and encourage them to form their own healthy habits. Information provided by the American Heart Association. For more information about living a heart-healthy lifestyle, visit http://www.heart.org.

   

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