Create SMART goals in the short term

From sleep to what you nibble, your habits can help you or hurt your heart. But everything does not necessarily require a change to 180 degrees overnight. "Make a checklist of short-term goals, such as" I will not drink soda this week "or" I will avoid fried foods Monday through Friday, "says Dr. Rivera.

A bit more CLEVER (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-bound objectives) he passes to the patients:

• Find a smoking cessation program or make an appointment with a doctor who can help me quit smoking next month.

• Take 5,000 steps a day for the next three weeks, then increase to 10,000 steps a day.

• Sleep at least seven hours each night this month.

• Identify three causes of daily stress and try to eliminate or tame them