Boost your heart health with regular activity.
Don’t exercise enough? You’re not the only one. During American Heart Month, learn how to squeeze at least 30 minutes of exercise into each day. The CDC recommends around 150 minutes of moderate activity a week for adults. If you can work out for 30 minutes a day, you’re doing your heart and body good. Here are some tips to get it done:
Take a lunchtime class
Many gyms offer shorter than usual group fitness classes during regular lunch hours. Consider escaping your regular work routine and taking in a class that gets your body moving and your heart pumping. Some larger workplaces and universities even offer classes on site.
Use a fitness DVD
In the morning or early evening, pop in a fitness DVD that includes around 30 minutes of cardio. With the guidance of an instructor on your TV, you’ll be surprised at how fast the time flies. The key is to stick to this routine even when the couch is right there calling you.
Go for a brisk walk
Get outside and go for a brisk 30 minute walk at least five times a week. Try exploring new areas if you don’t enjoy walking around your neighborhood. Bike or drive to a nearby park to explore gentle walking trails. Bring a friend for motivation and companionship.
Practice a sport
Need some extra motivation when it comes to getting your workouts in? Join a local sports league and practice. When you’re working on your skills, you won’t even notice that you’re working out.
Mix and match
You don’t have to do the exact same activity every day to get your 30 minutes in. You can do seven different activities a week or mix and match as much as your attention span requires. If you’re on vacation or your routine is different, get creative. Just keep moving.
This February, find out if your heart is in good shape. Visit us online to learn more about cardiac health and our Heart Institute. You can also call our free Consult-a-Nurse® service at 1-888-741-5120 to ask any questions or to request a physician referral.