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Love your heart: Tips for daily living

Make easy lifestyle changes

* Look for short breaks each day (approximately 10-30 minutes) to implement heart healthy activities such as walking or other types of enjoyable physical activity.

* Take the Go Red Heart Checkup at www.GoRedForWomen.org to learn your heart disease risk.

* Plan quick and simple healthy meals.

* Know your family heart health history.

Tips for women at work

* Add extra walks to and from the water cooler.

* Take 10-minute walks between meetings.

* Use the stairs instead of the elevator.

* Bring healthy snacks.

* Take time for lunch and eat at regular intervals versus skipping meals.

* Make time for physical activity -- go to the gym and bring your favorite book or office materials to read, or workout at home watching your favorite show.

Tips for moms on the go

* Plan meals in advance -- visit americanheart.org for recipes from a number of heart-healthy cookbooks and use the online grocery list builder to quickly identify heart-healthy products to add to your grocery list.

* Set up "physical activity time" on a daily basis.

* Walk around your neighborhood or in your office.

* Run up and down the stairs.

* Do an exercise video.

* Walk when doing errands and park farther from your destination.

* Take your kids to the park and identify playtime activities that help keep you fit.

* Join a walking group or ask friends to join you in daily walking.

* Work out when your child is at practice or extra curricular activities.

* Exercise while watching your favorite TV show.

Tips for traveling for work/play

* Plan a physical activity routine.

* Airports and malls are great places to get in a brisk walk around the terminal or from one end of the mall to the other.

* Drink plenty of water.

* Take time to stretch while on the flight.

* Exercise in your hotel room -- simple stretches or other exercise like sit-ups and push-ups.

* Take advantage of physical fitness facilities located in the hotel.

* Pack heart-healthy snacks and fruits, and know how to manage your snack triggers.

* Pack sneakers and comfortable clothes for working out.

* For frequent travel, keep an extra pair of tennis shoes already packed in your bag.

Love your heart: relaxation tips

* Keep a journal.

* Reduce stress -- plan a technology-free weekend balanced with active sports, swimming, skiing, horse-back riding or other fun physical activity.

* Celebrate your successes with healthy rewards like a massage or facial.

* Read a book.

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