3 Easy Ways I Make My Heart Happy

I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list. 

This post is sponsored by Honey Nut Cheerios, but all opinions are mine alone. 


There are few things I love besides my family, and one of them is traveling. Visiting a new place, national or international, solo or with someone else is something I enjoy, along with interacting with the locals and immersing in the culture.  However, that won't be possible if I don't have a healthy heart.

It takes a healthy heart to make the millions of steps usually done exploring when I'm traveling, but it also takes a healthy heart to travel. I also need to be healthy and happy to enjoy the countries that I want to visit. That's why this initiative by Honey Nut Cheerios to inspire happy hearts is right up my alley.

So what are the ways that I make sure that my heart is happy and healthy?


1. EAT A HEART HEALTHY BREAKFAST
I have always advocated for eating breakfast in the morning. We've all heard that it's the most important meal of the day. However, notice that I didn't just say that I eat breakfast, but instead, a heart-healthy breakfast. One way to do so is by eating whole grain oat foods like Honey Nut Cheerios. Eating three grams of soluble fiber daily can help lower your cholesterol as part of a heart-healthy diet, and Honey Nut Cheerios provides 0.75 grams of soluble fiber per serving. Three grams of soluble fiber are recommended daily.



2. EXERCISE
Exercise comes in many forms and doesn't always have to include the gym. Or maybe you'd prefer to save the fee that comes with a gym membership. Here are a few easy ways I exercise without even touching the gym. Walking has always been something I enjoyed. I embrace walking around the cities of the places I visit. I take brisk walks around the neighborhood and ride my bike when the weather is excellent. You can also find me outside playing with Madison, who enjoys the one on one time with me. To keep track of the exercises I've done throughout the day, and the foods I eat, I use the app My Fitness Pal to help me with my fitness goals.

Honey Nut Cheerios wants to encourage people to adopt simple, fun behaviors that get them active like walking the dog, playing with grandkids or joining a group fitness class.

You can join the Cheerios Whole Heart Challenge on MyFitnessPal for the chance to win prizes and participate in fun challenges that will help your entire lifestyle.


3. MEDITATE AND TAKE CARE OF ME
While ensuring the happiness of my family is always at the forefront, I also need to take care of myself and make sure that I'm happy. Happiness starts from within, and you can't make others happy if you're not. While I enjoy traveling around the world, I realize that my family is an essential part of my life. Not money or fame or any of those things. I've found time to meditate and focus on my life and my life-long dreams and aspirations. Sometimes you need to take a step back, breathe in and exhale, let go of the negativity and take care of yourself both mentally and physically.


According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), nearly 1 in 3 American adults have high cholesterol.  But did you know that those with high cholesterol have a much higher risk (twice the risk) of acquiring heart disease compared to those with lower levels?  That's why medical experts recommend practicing healthy habits. Healthy habits such as maintaining a healthy weight, getting enough physical activity, and eating a heart-healthy diet.


Making my heart happy makes me happy, and I implore you to join the Cheerios Whole Heart Challenge on MyFitnessPal and make your heart happy too!