The American Heart Association has seven tips to reduce your risk of heart disease by up to half - they call it Life's Simple Seven. In fact, you just need to meet five to get the reduced risk. Just check out the list, it doesn't seem too tough, right?
Exercise -At least 150 minutes of moderate exercise (about 25 minutes/day) or 75 minutes of intense exercise (about 12 minutes/day) per week.
Keep a Healthy Weight - Have a BMI of less than 25 (BMI's over 25 put you in the overweight category)
Don't Smoke - It's not only bad for you on its own, but can reduce the positive effects of things like exercise
Have a healthy diet - eat fruit, veggies, fish and whole grain
Keep cholesterol low - less than 200 mg/dL
Keep blood pressure low - less than 120 mm Hg systolic and less than 80 mm Hg diastolic. If yours is higher than this, they point out that following their other healthy living recommendations can reduce your blood pressure without medication.
Reduce blood sugar - Did you know adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have heart disease or a stroke than adults without diabetes?
In a study of 18,000 adults over 45, only 2 met all seven criteria, according to this article.
How many do you meet? How tough do you think it is to meet all the criteria?