I LOVE ME!
What a great week to fall in love with yourself and improve your heart health. Despite the commercial hype of the holiday, use the buzz from the messaging to help you move along your course to improving your heart health.
You cannot change some of the risk factors that put you at risk for heart disease such as age, race and gender but you can work on the ‘modifiable’ risk factors. Use this week to set a daily goal to take action on some of them.
Do any of the following apply to you?
- I am a smoker.
- I don’t exercise on a regular basis.
- I don’t know what my cholesterol levels are.
- I haven’t checked my blood pressure recently.
- I need to be at a healthier weight
- I have not been screened for diabetes.
- I need to lower my stress levels
- I do not follow a heart healthy diet
Not all of these risk factors will apply to you but you can work on some of these things. We discussed checking your cholesterol and blood pressure levels last week. Focus on one thing and make a plan to ‘fix’ it. The plan may begin by simply scheduling an appointment to check in with your clinician.
Once you have an action plan on your specific risk factor, move on to the next one. Over the course of the year, you will be in a better place. Take it one step at a time so that you don’t overwhelm yourself. This is definitely the week to fall in love with yourself and improve your heart health.
YOU ARE WORTH IT!