I went to my doctor not too long ago because I was was feeling some abnormal chest pains. Upon checking my vitals we found out that everything was fine. I was dealing with some stress issues and my body was talking to me to tell me to chill out a little.

I was told in order to keep my heart healthy though that I would have to get moving. The good news is that you don't have to run a marathon or spend every waking hour working out in gym to reap the benefits. If you exercise 30 minutes a day five days a week, you can reduce a heart attack risk by 50 percent.

The top four ways to live a heart-healthy life:

  1. Be active for at least 30 minutes a day.
  2. Choose foods that are low in sodium and saturated fat.
  3. Don't smoke or take steps to quit smoking.

Know your numbers. If your blood glucose (sugar), cholesterol, blood pressure and/or BMI are abnormal, get treatment.