While there are some resolutions people will make this time of year they never fully intend to keep, making resolutions for your heart’s health could dramatically improve your overall health.

Some simple resolutions can make a significant difference while others may take more dedication to make any difference.

Even if you only make small changes, you can make progress toward improving the health of your heart.

Just remember, when you’re making resolutions, especially those that will improve the health of your heart, follow these simple steps:

Make realistic resolutions – Setting goals you can keep is better than setting goals that are too difficult to follow through on. Remember, there are simple things you can do to improve the health of your heart.

Simplicity Makes a Difference – If you’re not currently exercising at all, resolving to exercise every single day may just be too difficult, but increasing your activity to two days a week is easier and it’s a goal you’re more likely to keep. Take small steps if necessary and you’ll notice it’s easier to turn those steps into habits and then build upon them.

Remember to be Patient – If you’re goal is to lower your blood pressure by getting more exercise, don’t expect significant results in a day, week or even a month. Remember to stay patient and continue to push through your goals even if you aren’t seeing immediate results.

Resolutions that will Help Improve the Health of Your Heart

Drink More Water – A huge benefit of drinking more water means you’ll likely drink fewer sugary, calorie-dense beverages. Added sugar can cause all kinds of havoc when it comes to your health and your heart. Too much sugar can lead to higher blood pressure while causing you to gain more weight.

Eat More Fruits and Vegetables – Diets rich in fruits and vegetables also mean you’re eating fewer foods packed with sodium and saturated fats.

Reduce Processed Foods – By reducing the amount of processed foods you’re eating, you’ll be more likely to drop the amount of sodium you’re eating. Processed foods are full of added sodium as well as chemicals that just aren’t healthy for your health or your heart.

Add Additional Fiber to Your Diet – Fiber is critical to reducing your risk for heart disease and can be easy to add to your diet. Fiber makes digestion easier and helps control your appetite.

Keep Track of Your Blood Pressure – Whether you’re checking at the grocery store or with a monitor at home, tracking your blood pressure can help you take the steps you need to keep it in a healthy range.

Increase Your Activity Level – Of course getting exercise is important for your heart. Making a resolution to get more exercise is going to offer a variety of benefits for your heart. Exercising can help lower your blood pressure, reduce your cholesterol and help strengthen your heart.