Exercise Improves Heart Health
What do you think about when you hear exercising or going to the gym? Do you ever consider exercise a dirty word? I think there are times in everyone’s life where the idea of going to a gym to exercise can be met with a groan and frown. Why? Because it feels like work. How do you feel when someone suggests going dancing? It is a form of exercise too but people generally think of dancing as fun and not work. There are tons of exercises that are fun and don’t feel like work for you. Perhaps you can take a moment to think about what are your favorite ways to exercise. Do you like to swim, walk, bike, take an exercise class, kick-boxing or bowling? If you want to improve your heart health then consider adding exercise to your daily or weekly routines. Exercise is one of the best ways to improve or maintain your heart health! If you can find a way to exercise that is fun for you then exercise becomes easy. When we are talking about exercise to help heart health, aerobic exercise is the best. Aerobic exercise, or exercise that gets your heart pumping faster, keeps your heart healthy. The US government recommends 30 minutes of aerobic exercise up to 6 times per day. This might seem like an impossible goal, but I recommend that you start with any amount of exercise that fits your life and then increase from there. Here is an example of how you can start exercising to improve heart health. If you have a sedentary life then walking around the block for 5-10 minutes will get your heart pumping faster, or turn on your music loud when you get home and dance to 1-2 songs. This starts you body getting used to exercising. After a few weeks you will be surprised that you start to miss it when you stop. After a few months you will be ready to walk or dance or whatever you decide to do for a longer period of time.
It is the small consistent steps in exercise that make a difference in your heart health.
Dr. Daemon Jones
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