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Heart Healthy Tips

Published on 1/24/2014
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Go Red for Women's Heart Health is all about learning how to love your heart and reduce risk factors for heart disease.  Heart disease is the number one killer of women and also men.  One way to live a heart-healthy lifestyle is to add activity into your day. Here's a realistic tip to help you do that in a way that may help you stick with a healthy new habit.  Use the SMART mnemonic:

S = specific: I'm going to walk for 30 minutes, 4 days this week, instead of "I'm going be more active this month."

M = measurable: Because your goal is specific, you can measure your progress.  Did you walk 4 days, or was it 2?  Did you walk for 30 minutes?  Maybe you could only fit in 15, but you still walked.

A = attainable: Make sure whatever you do, it' attainable for you.  Maybe you can't walk for 30 minutes at a time - change your goal to 10 or 15 minutes.

R = realistic: Similar to attainable - be sure your goal is realistic for you.

T = time-based: making your goal time-based makes you more accountable and creates a sense of urgency. Open-ended time frames or goals allow you to push your goal into the future ("I'll do it next week, or next month.")  Open-ended time frames make it more likely we won't meet our goal.

Here's a suggestion - make a goal for yourself to participate in the Heart Truth Walk/Run on Saturday, Feb. 8th! Click here for details!

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