Anytime is a good time to start a heart healthy exercise program.
It seems that younger people are motivated to exercise so they look good and feel good. Some older Americans also exercise for the same reasons but there is another set of people that are prescribed exercise. That’s right, physicians don’t just prescribe medicine. They also prescribe exercise, meditation and yoga for people who have cardiovascular disease. Even those who have had heart attacks and bypass surgery start exercising soon after they recover. And their exercise prescription progresses, as they get stronger.
According to joint guidelines between the American Heart Association and American College of Sports Medicine, all healthy adults 18-65 years of age should be getting at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity at least 5 days a week or vigorous physical activity for 20 minutes 3 days per week. Those who are 65 years of age or older or have limitations to physical activity should still engage in physical activity as well.
It’s vital to your heart health!
Exercise helps strengthen your heart and it can help prevent chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, sarcopenia and obesity. In addition to exercising, you can also benefit from increasing your activities of daily living. You can do this by walking more (strap on a pedometer to keep track), working on your house, cleaning your car, raking your leaves vs. blowing them, taking the stairs instead of the elevator and walking around the airport vs. taking the people movers.
Regardless of what your favorite exercise is – spin class at the gym or walking your dog, just make sure you get out there and do something. And take comfort in the fact that every step you take will help your heart!
Exercise is also an important step for your joints and for bone health and osteoporosis. The more you keep moving, the better your body will feel. Make this year a jumpstart to a healthier you!