New Year, New Goals – Staying Heart Healthy in 2022

There’s something about a new year that reinvigorates us to make smarter, healthier choices for ourselves. If you’re someone who’s been wanting to change and improve the health of your heart, your time is NOW! While making changes can seem daunting, the long-term benefits include feeling better, decreasing your risk of having a stroke and extending the length of your life. 

Below are five goals you can set this year to continue (or start) being heart healthy in 2022.

Learn Your Health History

The first step to setting achievable goals is knowing where to start. We know that no one actually enjoys going to the doctor–which is why we have to put this as our top goal for 2022. Whether it’s with your general practitioner or if you have specific heart-related concerns you need to discuss with one of our heart specialists, we recommend that you get in touch with a doctor about your specific goals and needs before starting anything new.

Eat For Your Heart

Small, simple changes to your overall eating habits can make a world of difference for the health of your heart. After consulting with your doctor, look at your diet and see where your nutritional gaps lie. Some goals to consider include eating the recommended servings of veggies, swapping lean meats for red meats, eating plant-based one day a week, implementing intermittent fasting into your regime, etc. The options are endless once you find which options will work best for you and your body! 

Stop Smoking

We recognize that this is not something easily accomplished, but it’s something we strongly recommend. If you’re someone who smokes or vapes, there’s no better time than the new year to consider quitting for good. Start by reading American Heart Association’s 5 Steps to Quit Smoking or Vaping for tips and other information.

Increase Your Physical Activity

Whether you’re a couch potato or someone who hits the gym every day, increasing your level of physical activity is a great goal to set for yourself. But, it’s important to set a goal that’s reasonable for you and your current fitness level. Below are a few examples of exercise-related goals you could set to improve your heart health:

  • Walk or run for 30 minutes, five days a week
  • Try a new workout class once a month
  • Weight train 2-3 times per week
  • Train for and run a marathon or participate in a triathlon

Order More Water

Swap the soda or the booze for a glass of water. Not only will you save money and calories, you’ll be helping to keep your heart healthy with each glass of water you consume. We recommend looking at how many sodas or alcoholic drinks you have per week, and replacing ⅓ (or more) of them with a glass of water.