Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States. However, many of these deaths can be prevented with the proper precautions. Making small changes in your habits can make a real difference to your ticker. You don’t have to work on all 10 steps at once. Even if you improve just one or two of these areas, you can make yourself less likely to get heart disease. Of course, the more tips on this list you follow, the better. So let’s get started.

FOCUS ON MIDDLE
Research has linked excess belly fat to higher blood pressure and unhealthy blood lipid levels. If you are carrying extra fat around the middle, it’s time to slim down.

BREW SOME TEA
No magic needed to brew up a cup of green or black tea. Drinking one to three cups per day may lower your heart problems.

GET SOME SLEEP
Aim for an average of seven hours of sleep per night for healthier arteries.

DANCE
Whether you prefer a rumba beat or two-step tune, dancing makes for a great heart-healthy workout.

EAT POPCORN
Popcorn delivers polyphenols—antioxidants linked to improving heart health. And popcorn is a whole grain. People who eat plenty of whole grains tend to be leaner and have a lower risk of heart disease than those who don’t.

KNOW YOUR NUMBERS
Keeping your blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides in check is important for good heart health. Learn optimal levels for your age and keep good records of your vitals or lab numbers.

SKIP THE SALT
In the entire US population reduced its average salt intake to just a half a teaspoon a day, it would significantly cut the number of people who develop coronary heart disease every year So think twice before pouring on the salt and consider using a tasty salt alternative

GO FOR A WALK
No matter how much you weigh, sitting for periods of time could shorten your lifespan. Even a five-minute walk can help, but a half-hour walk everyday is even better for your physical and mental health.

MODERATION
If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation. Drinking in excess can increases opportunity for alcoholism, high blood pressure, obesity, stroke, breast cancer and accidents.

HOBBY FOCUS
Out your hands to work to help your mind unwind. Engaging in activities such as knitting, painting and sewing can help relieve stress and do your ticker good.