Thursday, March 17, 2016

Get Active to Help Your Heart

How much of a difference can exercise make in your life and how much do you really need to do? Exercise improves your health. You don't need to spend countless hours in the gym to achieve the benefits needed for a healthy heart. Just get active.
There are easy ways to add different types of activity to your daily routine:
  • Park the car farther away from your destination.
  • Get on or off the bus several blocks away.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator.
  • Take fitness breaks. Walk, stretch or do some office exercises.
  • Start doing some gardening, yard work, house cleaning or home repairs.
  • Remove the television from the bedroom and hide the remote controls.
  • Exercise while watching television. Some examples are using hand weights, using a stationary bike or treadmill, crunches, push ups, squats and stretching to improve your flexibility.   
  • Walk while doing errands.
  • Keep a pair of comfortable walking or running shoes in your car and office so you can be ready for activity wherever you go.
The good news is that it's never too late to start an active lifestyle. No matter how old you are, how unfit you feel, or how long you have been inactive, get started. Research shows that starting a more active lifestyle now through consistent moderate intensity activity can improve your heart health and your quality of life.

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