As we transition into a new season, it’s a great time to set new goals for your health! We can all do a little better at living a healthy lifestyle that helps to prevent heart disease and stroke. It’s easy to spend a lot of time wishing we were working on our healthy habits, but it’s even easier to use that time doing instead of wishing!

This fall, try incorporating these new healthy habits into your life. Start small and work your way up from there!

  1. Take a walk every day.

The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise. Start small by walking 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week!

  1. Introduce a new fruit or vegetable into your diet every month.

You may be missing out on healthy foods you really enjoy! Dark leafy greens are Packed with nutrients, fiber and antioxidants and berries can lower the risk of heart attack in women!

  1. Start your day with a positive affirmation.

Negative stress can keep you from feeling your best and can affect your health! Start each day with something positive like: “I can handle this, even it I have to do it one step at a time.” Or “Today I will do the best I can.”

  1. Write down your goals.

We are more accountable for our goals when we write them down. Make them realistic and work them into your day easily. Want to de-stress outside every day and get more exercise? Try taking a walk each morning with your dog with your favorite hot beverage in hand.

  1. Quit smoking.

Smoking puts you at higher risk for heart disease and stroke. Click here for tips on how to quit.

If you’re looking for more healthy habits to incorporate into your fall schedule, please visit heart.org/healthyforgood.