Healthy Money Habits To Bring Into 2023
5 Ways To Care For Your Financial Health
Did you know that money habits can impact your mental health? Forming positive financial habits decreases stress and ensures that you are well prepared in the event of an emergency. If better budgeting is a resolution for the new year, try the steps below:
- Take the time to track your spending. Identify areas where you are living outside your means or spending more than you realized.
- Create money goals for the new year. This might be paying off debt or hitting a savings goal.
- Revise your budget. Take into account your spending habits, changes in income, and the goals you have set.
- Automate your savings. For every paycheck, allot a certain amount of dollars to be set aside. This ensures you are always putting money away even when you aren’t thinking about it!
- Stick to it! After you create a budget, monitor your spending so that you stay on track.
Why Are Blood Pressure Readings Important?
When visiting your doctor, it is routine practice to check blood pressure. Having healthy blood pressure significantly reduces your risk of heart attack and stroke.
What is blood pressure?
Blood pressure is the force of blood exerted throughout your body. It is calculated through two separate measurements – systolic and diastolic. Systolic Blood Pressure refers to the force of blood actively pumping as your heart beats. Diastolic Blood Pressure refers to the force of blood in between heartbeats.
What do blood pressure results mean?
Normal readings typically refer to a systolic result of 119 or less and a diastolic result of 79 or less. These levels are widely considered healthy.
Prehypertensive readings typically refer to a systolic result between 120 and 139 and a diastolic result between 80 and 89. This signifies that you are at risk of developing high blood pressure.
High readings typically refer to a systolic result of 140 or more and a diastolic result of 90 or more. This indicates that your heart is working harder than it should and puts you at risk for heart attack and stroke.
What lowers blood pressure?
Regular exercise, eating well, and medication can lower blood pressure. Watch this video from the Mayo Clinic for tips on staying active and healthy in the new year.
Did You Know These Foods Boost Heart Health?
Celebrate American Heart Month by brushing up on the best foods for your heart:
- Whole grains such as quinoa, oatmeal and brown rice
- Green vegetables such as spinach, kale and broccoli
- Fresh fruit such as apples, bananas and oranges
- Protein-rich foods such as salmon, lean meats and eggs
- Legumes such as lentils, chickpeas and kidney beans
- Nuts such as almonds, walnuts and pine nuts
- Nutrient-dense berries such as strawberries, blueberries and blackberries
10 Delicious Heart-Healthy Recipes
These dishes are packed with ingredients that promote a strong heart!
- Tropical Oatmeal Smoothie
- Sweet Pepper and Steak Salad
- Whole-Wheat Pasta with Broccolini and Feta
- Pan-Seared Salmon with Kale and Apple Salad
- Healthy One-Skillet Shrimp and Quinoa
- Inside Out Stuffed Avocados
- Roasted Pork with Lentils
- Apricot and Nut Cookies with Amaretto Icing
- Multigrain Breakfast Muffins
- Slow-Cooker Whole-Grain Breakfast Porridge
Find these recipes on FoodNetwork.com!
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