Improving Your Heart Health With Physical Activity

October 20, 2021

How to increase your physical activity to improve your heart health

Ensuring you add regular physical activity into your routine greatly reduces your risk of having a heart attack or developing heart disease. Keeping active helps control and lower heart disease risk factors.

Regular physical activities lower the following risk factors:
- High blood pressure
- High Cholesterol
- Being overweight

Exercising on a regular basis can also help strengthen your bones and muscles. Making you feel more energised, content, and relaxed.

Increase your physical activity

Any form of physical activity is better than none. Even taking the stairs instead of the lift when out and about helps increase your movements and is beneficial for your heart health.

Establish attainable goals

Begin with small, achievable objectives and gradually increase to the recommended 30-60 minutes of moderate-intensity physical exercise (such as brisk walking) most days of the week.

Select activities that you enjoy.

When you like an excercise, you are more likely to do it more often. So finding something you enjoy will help increase the amount of exercise you do.

Engage in social interaction

Maintain motivation by exercising with a group of friends or family members, or even with your dog. Find a walking group with other's near you to help you maintain your physical activity whilst staying motivated.

Reduce your sitting time

Get up and stand regularly, even if you don't do much walking. Adults who stand more during the day have a lower risk of premature death, particularly from heart disease.

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