How to Build Healthy Habits for Your Heart

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Habits are not always easy to form, but good habits can benefit your heart health tremendously. To set yourself–and your heart–up for success, connect new habits with existing ones, start small, do them everyday, make them convenient for yourself, and reward yourself for doing them.

“Behavioral scientists who study habit formation say that many of us try to create healthy habits the wrong way. We make bold resolutions to start exercising or lose weight, for example, without taking the steps needed to set ourselves up for success.”

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