Did you know that exercising as little as 30 minutes each day can improve your heart health and quality of life? It can even be simple activities that are easier to incorporate into your schedule, like taking your dog for a jog, tossing a ball with your kids, dancing with friends or walking. According to the American Heart Association, walking is the simplest positive change you can make to improve your heart health. Here’s why:
- Studies have shown that for every hour of walking, you may increase your life expectancy by two hours.
- Regular walking can improve your cholesterol, lower blood pressure, increase your energy and stamina and prevent weight gain.
- Walking is low-risk, easy to begin and can be done anywhere, anytime.
- You can adapt walking to your mood – go it alone, take your pup or meet up with a friend.
Schedule too crazy? Try breaking up your 30 minutes into three, 10-minute walk breaks throughout your day. These can be done before work, during lunch or after dinner – whatever works for you and is easy to maintain.
So, let’s get up and start moving! Your heart will thank you.