If 2016 taught us anything, it was that no one is invincible. Heart disease and stroke was responsible for claiming the lives of quite a few high-profile celebrities throughout the past year, including George Michael, Carrie Fisher, and Debbie Reynolds.

There are quite a few tips that you can use to implement a healthier lifestyle for 2017. It can help to give you a stronger, healthier heart and reduce the likelihood of dealing with heart disease later in life.

Add More Color

There are all sorts of different colors out in the world, ranging from blueberries to red apples to oranges to limes to green zucchini, and every color in between. Adding more color into your diet will help you to take in plenty of fruits and vegetables. If you look at your lunch and dinner plate and notice that there isn’t a lot of color, it may tell you that you aren’t eating a balanced meal.

Concentrate on Healthy Eating

Healthy eating is of the utmost importance, and there are plenty of ways to cook in a healthy manner on a daily basis. This includes switching from butter or lard to all of oil, baking and broiling more things than frying them, and all sorts of other great tips.

Focus on Physical Activity

Focus on more physical activity throughout the year, whether it’s going bike riding with the family, jogging around the block every morning, or joining a gym. You should be physically active for at least 30 consecutive minutes every single day.

Manage Stress

Too many people have no idea how to manage their stress levels. We live in a fast-paced world, and it’s important that you take care of yourself first and foremost. By learning how to keep stress under control, it will help your heart significantly.

Manage Weight

When you reduce the calories in an increase calories out, you can learn to master the scale. Managing your weight is of the utmost importance, and this means maintaining a healthy BMI. You may need to lose weight, gain weight, or simply maintain the weight that you are at. If you’re not sure where you stand, it may be time to make an appointment with the doctor and learn more about your current weight.

Quit Smoking

If you smoke, now is the time to quit. All across the United States, there are various smoking cessation programs that you can explore – and some states will even help you with it. The moment you stop smoking, you will start to improve your health. This includes increasing your lung capacity, reducing the likelihood of stroke, and much more.