Steps towards Heart Health: Walking as Exercise
Updated: Jul 6, 2022
Physical exercise is important for your healthy body, but it doesn't have to be complicated.
A walk around the block is a great start to incorporating exercise into your daily routine that will have long lasting health benefits!
The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of physical activity per week. That comes out to just over 20 minutes per day.
Walking is the simplest place to start, it is easy, free, and can even be done in place. Taking a brisk walk for even 5 minutes at a time will add up!
Next, you can add higher intensity exercises to your routines. Dancing, Biking, water aerobics, and Gardening are among a few fun activities you can try.
If you have a complex health condition, ask your doctor about what type of exercise is appropriate for you.
Regular exercise has shown to lower risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, dementia, Alzheimer's, several types of cancers, and some complications of pregnancy. You also stand to gain better sleep, improved memory and attention and processing speeds, less weight gain, better bone health and balance, fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety, and a better quality of life.
Take steps towards better health today!
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