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Loving Your Heart

An Innovative Apporach to Valentine's Day

Valentine #3: Move It, Don’t Lose It
The best news regarding exercise is that you don’t have to knock yourself out to give your heart a healthy workout. Modest amounts of exercise can substantially reduce your risk of heart disease. Take a brisk walk, work in your garden, wash the car, or take the stairs. Get those large muscle groups working, and your heart will get a workout too.

Valentine #4: Slow Down and Smell the Roses
In our fast-paced society it is hard not to find someone who isn’t stressed! But stressing out stresses your heart too. Don’t try to eliminate all stress. Some stress, called eustress, is good for us—exercise, planning a wedding, studying for an exam. These stressors help us improve ourselves. Learn cope with other stressors in a healthy way. Need some guidance? Your physician can refer you to professionals or stress reduction and relaxation classes in your area.

Valentine #5: A Little Help from Your Friends
You don’t have to go through healthy lifestyle changes alone. It’s easier to do anything with the help and support of your family, friends, and of course, the SparkPeople Community. We are here to help answer your questions, provide support, motivation and encouragement. Let us be your Valentine!

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About The Author

Becky Hand Becky Hand
Becky is a registered and licensed dietitian with almost 20 years of experience. A certified health coach through the Cooper Institute with a master's degree in health education, she makes nutrition principles practical, easy-to-apply and fun. See all of Becky's articles.

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