Take a 10-minute walk 

If you don't exercise at all, a brief walk is a great way to start. If you do, it's a good way to add more exercise to your day. 

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Give yourself a lift 

Lifting a hardcover book or a two-pound weight a few times a day can help tone your arm muscles. When that becomes a breeze, move on to heavier items or join a gym. 

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Eat one extra fruit or vegetable a day 

Fruits and vegetables are inexpensive, taste good, and are good for everything from your brain to your bowels. 

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Make breakfast count 

Start the day with some fruit and a serving of whole grains, like oatmeal, bran flakes, or whole-wheat toast. 

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Stop drinking your calories

Cutting out just one sugar-sweetened soda or calorie-laden latte can easily save you 100 calories a day. Over a year that can translate into a 10-pound weight loss.

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Have a handful of nuts 

Walnuts, almonds, peanuts, and other nuts are good for your heart. Try grabbing some instead of chips or cookies when you need a snack, adding them to salads for a healthful  

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Wash your hands often 

Scrubbing up with soap and water often during the day is a great way to protect your heart and health. The flu, pneumonia, and other infections can be very hard on the heart. 

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Breathe deeply 

Try breathing slowly and deeply for a few minutes a day. It can help you relax. Slow, deep breathing may also help lower blood pressure. 

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Sample the fruits of the sea 

Eat fish or other types of seafood instead of red meat once a week. It's good for the heart, the brain, and the waistline. 

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Count your blessings 

Taking a moment each day to acknowledge the blessings in your life is one way to start tapping into other positive emotions.

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