Dr. Latha Subramaniam, director of cardiology consult service at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens and assistant professor of clinical medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine
Start the day with a healthy and filling breakfast.
For me, that entails making overnight oats. Oats are a great source of fiber and nutrients, which can help in lowering cholesterol levels, decreasing inflammation, and promoting a healthy intestinal system. The best part is that it requires no cooking, the recipe can be changed each day, and it is perfect for those of us who don’t have time to eat breakfast at home before rushing out to work. For my overnight oats, I use a Mason jar to mix steel cut oats, almond milk, ground flax seeds, chia seeds, cinnamon, vanilla, blackberries, and a banana. Sometimes I top it with a little peanut butter and coconut flakes, and just place it in the fridge overnight. It’s ready to go by morning!
Find what exercise routine works best for you.
Any amount of activity is better than none. Trying to motivate myself to go to the gym and run on a treadmill is a challenge for me, so I sign up for classes instead. They keep me motivated and accountable. I personally love high intensity interval training (HIIT) classes, but if this doesn’t work for you, find what does. Staying active also helps decrease the risk of stroke and diabetes and can improve memory, sleep, bone health, and mood.