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Heart and Vascular


Issue 7: Winter Heart Health

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Heart-healthy activities during the holidays

Heart-healthy activities during the holidays

The holidays are a very busy time of the year, and for many of us, the time of year when our good eating and exercise habits fall by the wayside. But, that doesn’t have to happen this year!

Check out our five 10-minute activities to keep your heart healthy this season.

  • Relax. The holiday season can be stressful, but it is important to set aside time to relax. Try to take deep, slow breaths. This can reduce stress and calm the body.
  • Eat a piece or fruit. Having a healthy snack prior to holiday gatherings will curb your appetite and your chances of overeating.
  • Make snow angels with your kids. Keep up your cardiovascular health by taking time to exercise this season! Make it a family activity and have everyone go outside. Make snow angels. Build a snowman. Toss the football.
  • Hug your honey. Take time to hug your spouse and kids. Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that holding hands and hugging can measurably reduce stress.
  • Keep a food diary. Studies show people who keep a food diary for six days a week lose twice as much weight as people who do not keep track of what they eat. Keeping track of what you’ve eaten can help you resist eating multiple desserts at holiday parties.

Try a couple of these simple activities this season to keep your heart-healthy!