3 Fun Ways to Keep Your Heart Healthy

| 2/11/2011 1:04:00 PM

Maintaining good heart health can seem like a chore. Eat a healthy diet. Hit the gym more often. Watch your weight. Keep your blood pressure and cholesterol down.

Keeping your heart healthy will help you enjoy life for a longer period of time—and what is life for if not a little enjoyment? Although diet, exercise and healthy habits are all crucial for good heart health, you can have a little more fun while taking care of your heart. Incorporate these three steps into your life!

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Dagoba's organic chocolate bars and baking products will help you on your way to heart-health fun. Photo Courtesy Dagoba Organic Chocolate. 

1. Indulge in dark chocolate 

An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but so does a square of dark chocolate—and, honestly, which one would you rather have? Dark chocolate is rich in flavanoids, a type of antioxidant, and when eaten in small quantities, dark chocolate can lower blood pressure and increase good cholesterol. A recent study found that eating one square of a 100-gram (3.5 oz) dark chocolate bar each day decreases your risk of a heart attack or stroke by 39 percent. So go ahead and indulge—but just a little!

2. Drink a glass of wine.