A healthy diet and exercise are important for a healthier lifestyle, but the benefits of exercising expand beyond healthy weight management. Fitness is also a great way to keep your heart pumping and feeling great! According to the American Heart Association (AHA), just 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity for 5 days a week can have overall cardiovascular health benefits.
The AHA notes that physical activity is anything that makes you move your body and burn calories. So try something like walking or yoga to get started!
Adding to or changing your fitness routine can be easy and manageable, even with a busy schedule. If you don’t have time to get to the gym, there’s plenty you can do at home or at work to make sure your heart stays healthy.
Dawn, a certified fitness instructor and employee here at Swanson Health Products, shares her best fitness tips to support heart health.
Since February is American Heart Month, here are some of our favorite fitness tips and activities that support heart health.
1Talk to your doctor—find out if you have any limitations or the doctor has any recommendations before beginning.
230 for 5—Aim for 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity for 5 days a week.
3Have fun—it’s much more fun to do an activity you enjoy!
4Walk—even the simplest activity has been proven to be beneficial.
5Fit it in your schedule—three 10-minute walks throughout the day are helpful! Fit in small amounts of exercise throughout your day.
6It’s not just cardio—strength training is also beneficial for your heart! Try lunges, push-ups, weight lifting, etc.
7Try stretching or yoga—these low-intensity activities can help get blood flowing and can help improve balance and flexibility. Plus, they’re relaxing!
8Get creative—vacuuming or mopping the floors can be multi-beneficial… achieve a cleaner house and a healthier heart!
Fun Activities that Promote Fitness and Heart Health:
- Roller skating
- Laser tag
- Dog walking
- Walking stairs
Show your heart some love with fun activities and fitness exercises for American Heart Month and beyond!