No matter what you do to stay active, the key point is to add some kind of activity into your day-to-day life. Each year, 1 in 3 women die of heart disease, which is about one woman every minute. There are ways to combat those stats. By understanding your heart, eating healthy, getting adequate sleep, and exercising at least 30 minutes every day, you can live a healthier life.

Find your balance and create your healthiest life with these 3 things:

Exercise. We all know exercise is important, but the mental and emotional (as well as the physical) benefits are astounding. Evidence has shown physical activity can improve your mood and self-esteem, boost your energy, reduce your risk of depression, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Not a fan of the gym? No problem. There are so many great activities to try: tai chi, jogging, yoga, dance, and hiking. The list is endless and the real question is, what will you try first?

Healthy Eating. By eating a well-balanced meal, you will find not only do you feel better but your mood will improve. Certain foods release dopamine in your brain, making you happier. Healthier food choices will also enhance the longevity of your life, help you age better, and save you money.

Make healthier eating choices today by keeping it simple (try to add more fruits and veggies in your diet), reading labels, reducing your intake of sugar, and practicing moderation.

Sleep. How many hours of sleep do you get each night? There are a lot of perks to getting at least 7 hours of sleep each night, from improving your memory, curbing inflammation, boosting your creativity, and reducing stress.

Some tips for improving your sleep, along with exercise, is to avoid large meals at night and cut down on caffeine right before bed. Avoid watching the news or something that will leave you unsettled and find something, perhaps a good book, to help you unwind.

In the end, the important thing to remember is keep your heart healthy through exercise, diet, and nutrition. Remember it is never too late to make healthier choices, the key is to start taking care of your mind and body today.

heartAbout the Author: Brooke Cade is passionate about health and wellness. She enjoys writing about all the things she loves in life, including yoga, hydrotherapy, Nature’s Sunshine, and anything related to living life to its fullest.