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Unlike the songs of old, leaving your heart in San Francisco is not an option. Where you go, your heart goes. If you want to keep on going you have to look after your heart. Luckily, there are some easy things you can do to improve the health of your heart.

1. Butt out. Quit smoking now. You’ll do your heart good and your lungs will thank you, too. You must also avoid second-hand smoke. If the one you love smokes, try and get them to quit, too. There are many programs available. Talk to your doctor.

2. Think about what you’re putting in your mouth. Limit your fat intake to 30 percent of your total daily calories. Saturated fats should be no more than 10 percent of your fat intake. Cholesterol should be no more than 300 milligrams a day but less is better.

3. Move it and lose it. 30 minutes a day of exercise four times a week at least. Your goal should be between 50 and 75 percent of your maximum heart rate. Exercise combined with watching what you eat should cause weight loss. If you are obese, losing even 10 percent of your body weight will reduce stress on your heart.

4. Watch your blood pressure. Cut out excess salt in your diet and drink only in moderation. Exercise and watching what you eat will also help control your blood pressure.

5. Slow down. Stress is not good for you. Try various relaxation techniques. Everything from guided imagery to massages are available to help combat stress. Talk to your doctor for more ideas.

If you follow these five simple steps you’ll improve the health of your most important muscle. As always, before starting any health improvement program, consult your doctor. Keeping your new program up over the years will definitely put a song in your heart.