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Impact a Life: Reduce The Risk of Heart Disease

by On Feb 5 2016

At Discount Power, we believe that every person has the power to change the world. This year, we want to help everyone realize their power. Thus, the #IHaveThePowerTo campaign was born. Each month, we will focus on a different theme and our hope is that we’ll help you realize that you have the power to be the change.

 

Welcome to our first installment of our #IHaveThePowerTo series! February’s theme is “Impact a Life.” This correlates perfectly with American Heart Month. Every year, about 610,000 people in the U.S. die of heart disease, making it the leading cause of death among men and women. Chances are, you have been affected by heart disease or know someone who has. Now is the time to take action and help reduce those numbers. It’s time to impact a life, whether it’s your own or a loved one’s.

 

Here are five ways to reduce your chances of heart disease:

 

Stop smoking

Smoking cigarettes has been proven to increase your risk of heart disease. Cigarette smoke also increases your blood pressure and your susceptibility for blood clots. If going cold turkey is too overwhelming for you, take baby steps and make smaller goals.

 

Put on your sneakers and exercise

Exercise is a great way to get your blood pumping! Whether you prefer indoor cycling, kickboxing or running in the great outdoors, get up and get moving. Exercising at least three times per week for about 40 minutes has been proven to reduce blood pressure. Ready to get moving? Check out our energy-friendly workout tips.

 

Eat nutrient-dense foods

A healthy diet is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of heart disease. Afterall, you are what you eat. Eat nutrient-dense foods that are full of vitamins and minerals and low in bad fats and calories. Diets rich in fruits, vegetables and proteins are most recommended.

 

Limit your alcohol intake

Drinking high amounts of alcohol can severely increase your risk of high blood pressure, stroke and cancer. If you like to drink, do so in moderation. There’s nothing wrong with a glass of wine or champagne every now and then.

 

Smile more, stress less

Oftentimes, we find ourselves overly stressed. Take a moment, step back and decompress. Stress can lead to overeating and substance abuse, which are also factors related to heart disease.

 

Heart disease has been the leading cause of death in the United States for too long and has impacted the lives of many, for the worse. Incorporate these tips into your lifestyle and share them with family and friends. You never know whose life you’ll impact.

 

What are you doing to impact the lives of others? Share your story with us on Facebook or Twitter and use the hashtag #IHaveThePowerTo.

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