Facts of the Heart: Exercise can help

Date: February 25, 2019 | Category: News

This week’s Facts of the Heart focus on exercise, which can lower your risk of heart disease. Here is some information from the National Institutes of Health:
First and foremost, make sure you are consulting your doctor about what’s right for you.
An hour a week of moderate aerobic activity such as brisk walking helps your heart. If you want major benefits, go for 2-and-a-half hours a week.
Do what works for you.Take the stairs. Walk around the block. Wheel yourself in a wheelchair.
If you can’t do 30 minutes at a time, then break it up. Try 10 minutes a few times a day.
Dance (standing or seated) to three songs.
Listen to your heart. If your heart is beating faster, if you’re breathing harder, or you break a sweat, you know you are doing enough. If you are walking briskly, you should be able to talk, but not sing. Make sure you are consulting your doctor about what’s right for you.
Work on your fitness goals with your spouse or roommate. Pair up with a neighbor. Do activities with the children in your life.
If you enjoy the outdoors, try biking, hiking, golfing, gardening or swimming.
Build activities into your day. Do strength exercises (such as lifting 2-pound weights) while watching TV. Use a workout game on your gaming console. Meet friends for a walk or a bike ride instead of (or before) dinner or a movie.
We have been offering these Facts of the Heart during February, National Heart Month. If you want to learn more about this, see your doctor or call Care Connection at 1-800-748-7826.