Here’s What Science Says About Boosting Your Heart Health 42

Here's What Science Says About Boosting Your Heart Health

The following article is a guest post.

Is a misconception about productivity undermining your ability to not just perform at your best, but to actually enjoy your work and find satisfaction in life?

Perpetual busyness, constant brainstorming, long hours… People often seem to cobble together a mold of what success should look like based on the idea that “hard work pays off.” But as time goes on, you may mistake suffering for success.

Steve Jobs once said,

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. “

If work is a matter of the heart for you, make sure that your heart is strong and able to make the right decisions that put you on a path of purpose and happiness.

Physical Heart Health

Physically exercising your heart very literally means keeping the heart muscle in your chest strong and pumping. Try these researched-backed ways of boosting your own heart health:

Replace one serving of meat with a plant-based protein.

With this you can substantially reduce your risk of cardiovascular-related death.

2015 report found that meat-eaters who replaced just 3% of their total calories with plant proteins (i.e. beans, nuts, seeds) decreased their chances of dying from heart disease by 12%!

Get serious about exercise.


It is so easy to get wrapped up in long workdays and skip regular exercise, but exercise has been, is, and always will be the ticket to lowering risk for most diseases, including cardiovascular disease. The CDC as well as the American College of Sports Medicine recommend getting at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity daily to exercise the heart and other muscles as well as strengthen the lungs and bones. Sidelined by a running injury like IT band syndrome? Learn more. Cross-train with low-impact activities like rowing, cycling, or hiking.

Be smart about getting enough quality sleep.

Your chances of developing heart disease risk factors like high blood pressure, diabetes, coronary artery disease, and obesity increase with sleep deprivation.

In addition, not getting enough quality sleep can sour your mood, make you less productive, and potentially even lead to cognitive decline down the line.

Ditch the bad habits you claim to have because of work.

Stress (or social) smoking, eating processed junk food, not drinking enough water. All of these bad habits, which result in part from working long hours in an office environment, are extremely detrimental to your heart health and overall wellbeing. Smoking by itself is the most important risk factor for heart disease for young people under 50.

Emotional Wellness

The emotional wellness which stems from your feelings of positivity, happiness, and purpose are often wrapped up in thoughts of the proverbial “heart”.

It’s the thing which breaks when a relationship abruptly ends or when a loved one passes away. As well as the thing that fills and grows when something exciting and happy occurs.

Don’t miss these go-to tips for exercising your emotional heart:

Take a walk outside and you can boost both your happiness levels as well as attentiveness.

recent study found that participants who spent time walking through lush, green nature were less likely to brood, or ruminate on negative thoughts and feelings, versus those who walked through a bustling urban environment.

Take a vacation and literally lower your chances of developing heart disease.


Not only have multiple studies shown that prioritizing yearly vacations helps lower stress levels and promotes better sleep, but it is good for your heart as well.

Compared to men who took at least a week’s vacation each year, one study showed that those who skipped vacation for 5 years were 30% more likely to have a heart attack.

Give back in some way to help others,

That could be either by volunteering in person or donating money to a cause you care about.

Legendary radio host Bernard Meltzer once said, “There is no better exercise for your heart, than reaching down and helping to lift someone up.”

Helping others gives you what some call the “warm fuzzies,” which may just be a descriptive way of describing how it makes your heart feel full and good.

Matters of the heart – who knew that work would fall under this umbrella. When it comes to setting goals, finding motivation, and achieving your dreams, always remember to keep exercising it for better heart health.

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Should You Buy an Ecommerce Business? 10

Should You Buy an Ecommerce Business?

If you have the funds to make an investment, but you are not sure which is the best option, a good idea would be investing in an ecommerce business. They represent the businesses of the future, and it is already a known fact that they are very profitable.

With an online business you can choose to build it yourself, but that is not what we are recommending. In our opinion, buying an ecommerce business comes with more advantages and in this article we will talk about some of them.

You won’t have to deal with the tough work.

The first days are the hardest when you decide to start a business by yourself.

First of all, you have to decide exactly what kind of products you want to sell and then find the suppliers for them. You need to create a quality customer service, come up with marketing strategies, develop the site, SEO, and many other things.

But when you buy an online business you won’t have to deal with any of these. A business that has been around for a while already has all these things and this means that you won’t have to deal with them. However, you should make sure that you do a little bit the research before you buy the site. You need to make sure that everything matches your requirements.

Successful business model.

Quitting While You're Ahead! Understanding the Limits of Natural Business Growth

When you are just getting started it is hard to tell whether your business will make it or not.

In some cases, it might even be complicated to come up with a strategy that will sell your products. Nevertheless, this problem does not occur when you are buying an online business.

In this situation, you already know that the business existed for a few years, which means that it generates enough revenue. It also means that the traffic and customers are established already so there is almost no risk.

However, before you buy a website you will need to make sure that the financials are accurate.

You can choose to buy a business from an online marketplace such as Exchange by Shopify. This way, data such as traffic and financial reports will be delivered by the platform, not the seller, so you will know for sure that they are 100% real.

Cross-sell potential.

If you already own an ecommerce business it might be a good move to buy another one. By getting another one you will gain access to additional customers, email addresses and traffic, which could be really helpful for you.

If you analyze the metrics of the business a bit you will be able to tell how to cross-sell existing products. Tools like shopping cart data and Google Analytics should help you determine customer behavior, including the returning rate and how many items per order are there.

Cross promotion between email lists could be a great marketing tool if it is used correctly, and even using “competitive” discount could be a way to make customers move between the two businesses.