Living Heart Healthy, Part 3: Tips to Move More
During American Heart Month, there are many things you can do to stop heart disease from affecting yourself and those you love. Physical activity can dramatically reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, so make a goal to move more for your heart health.
Updated Physical Activity Guidelines
Maybe you have heard the recommendations about walking 10,000 steps per day. While the newly updated guidelines in the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans don’t specifically recommend 10,000 steps a day, they do suggest that for optimal health, adults need to engage in at least 150 minutes to 300 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity (such as brisk walking) every week. In addition, adults should also participate in two or more days of muscle-strengthening activity.
Ideas to Increase Physical Activity
Walking is a great choice of physical activity for many reasons. Just about anyone can do it, anywhere and at any time, and it requires no equipment. There are many ways to incorporate walking into your daily routine. Here are a few ideas:
- Plan a walking meeting.
- Set a timer at work and walk a few laps around the office space every hour.
- Take a walk with your family or a friend.
- Walk the dog.
- Take the stairs.
- Walk to work.
- Park farther from the store.
- Get off one bus stop before your intended stop.
- Use a push mower to cut the grass.
Get Screened at RediClinic
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