Caring for a loved one is not an easy task. As a caregiver, you are not only responsible for your own well-being, but for the well-being of your loved ones. This huge responsibility easily leads to a stressful life, making caregivers more at risk for heart disease. But, don’t worry (or stress!)—heart disease is preventable. Altering your lifestyle and diet can greatly reduce the risk of heart disease. We’ve come up with a few tips that can make all the difference in your life, and the lives of those you care for! If you have any heart healthy tips, share them with us on our Facebook or Twitter accounts!

Know the risks. Knowing and understanding the risks of heart disease is the first step towards a healthy heart. Some of the major risk factors include age, family history, high blood pressure, stress, smoking, lack of physical activity and obesity.

Change it up. Once you know the risks, it’s important to change your life to help your heart. Change isn’t easy, but sometimes it is necessary. Work a little breathing exercise into your daily routine, snack on an apple instead of chips. Small changes can do big things.

Keep a keen eye. It is easy to lose track of time and let your old habits slip in. Make a mental note to watch yourself throughout the day to make sure you keep on track. If a mental note isn’t enough, try writing your goals on a calendar. Improving your lifestyle can also rub off on your clients and loved ones!

Let loose! Maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle may not be the most exciting thing in the world, so make sure you include some fun activities in your life! Love the outdoors? Take advantage of the Minnesota winter weather and try a new outdoor activity like ice skating, snowshoeing, or sledding. Love to cook? Take the time out of your schedule to try a new heart healthy recipe. Mixing healthy activities with your interests is a great way to have some fun while maintaining a healthy heart!

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