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I am the kind of person that thrives on routines. My TypeA Nature really needs a good structure to stay on track, otherwise, I tend to be a bit all over the place. The older I get the more I need to keep a good routine, but as I near forty I have realized that I need to start being more diligent about taking good care of my health - especially my heart health. I know that the time to start taking care of my heart is right now - and it all starts with a heart-healthy morning routine.
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Knowing I needed to get myself on a good routine and wanting to really focus on keeping my heart healthy, I headed up to my local Walmart to pick up a few things to help me get on track. Walmart is always my go-to place for everything life needs - from groceries to electronics to household organization. I knew I needed just a few things to help me organize and remember to do my morning routine each day. Getting a great start each day will help your entire day run more smoothly - and over time these habits will become like second nature.
Take Heart Healthy Supplements
Did you know that Walmart carries supplements that you can take to help support a healthy heart†? Just one softgel per day of Nature Made® Fish Oil 1200mg One Per Day provides 720mg of heart-healthy omega-3s (660 mg EPA/DHA).† Nature Made® supports leading heart health experts who recommend eating 250 - 500 mg of EPA/DHA per day to help support a healthy heart. “Recommend” amount equates to a calculation based on approximately 1,750 - 3,500 mg of omega-3 fatty acids EPA/DHA found in 2 servings of fatty fish per week. Nature Made® fish oil supply only comes from wild caught ocean fish, not farm raised fish. There is No Color Added, No Artificial Flavors, No Yeast or Starch, Gluten Free. Nature Made® is the #1 Pharmacist Recommended Omega-3/Fish Oil Brand*
Most of us are walking around chronically dehydrated, so start your day with a nice big glass of warm water. You can choose to put a squeeze of lemon juice to rev up your metabolism. Want even more of a kick - add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a pinch of cinnamon to your warm lemon water for a delicious morning beverage full of amazing health benefits - plus it tastes like a warm cinnamon roll!
Eat a Heart Healthy Meal
Breakfast is the "most important meal of the day" and starting with a healthy meal has been shown to help people make better food choices the rest of the day. Choose foods that are in their most natural state - and try to stay away from over processed or packaged foods.
Move Your Body
Getting your heart pumping and your blood flowing with a food cardio workout first thing in the morning is a great way to keep your heart healthy while getting you energized and ready to take on the day! There are some terrific apps that give you workouts as short as just seven minutes! No excuses for not having time for a great workout! Listen to your favorite tunes or podcast to make the time fly by and leave you feeling inspired!
Journaling seems like a lost art these days. Yes, there are the fru-fru pretty "journals" where you draw and color and stuff - but simply writing down your thoughts and dreams and accomplishments every day can be one of the most cathartic activities of your day. When you start journaling you may feel silly and not be sure of what to write... but after time you will find it comes much easier and you may even struggle to find a place to stop!
Plan Your Day
Spending a few minutes planning your day can help you to alleviate stress and keep you more productive throughout the day. You can use my Free Daily Schedule Printable as a place to start. It has a place for you to plan your time, make your "Must Do" List, plan your meals, exercise, and even mark off your water intake!
Whether you are starting fresh with a brand new morning routine or just tweaking what you already do to be more heart-healthy, these tips can help you develop your own perfect routine. You can find everything you need for your perfect Heart Healthy Morning Routine at your local Walmart - starting with the simplest change - taking Nature Made® Fish Oil 1200mg One Per Day every day. It is a simple change that can make a big difference! Make Nature Made your daily partner. Start another good day with Nature Made®. Find it right in the pharmacy!
Want to know more about how Nature Made® can help you with your heart health? Check out this quick 30 second video to see how their new Nature Made® Omega-3 with Xtra AbsorbTM Technology works to give you better absorption.
*Based on US News & World Report - Pharmacy Times Survey of pharmacists recommending this category.
† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.