February is Heart Health Month
The American Heart Association reports that exercising for as little as 30 minutes a day can reduce your risk of heart disease and that studies now show that for every hour of walking, you may increase your life expectancy by two hours! That is a pretty fantastic return on investment in your HEALTH. How can you NOT have time to be more physically active? These studies suggest that you give yourself MORE time by being physically active.
Increasing your activity throughout the day is one way to get your 30 minutes in each day ~ remember that it doesn’t have to be all at once. Break up your activity so that you are moving in the morning, throughout the day, and in the evening. Here’s how:
• Walk the dog ~ and if you don’t have one, get one, or walk your neighbors dog!
• Wake up 10-15 minutes early and get a brisk walk in before breakfast.
• USE that exercise equipment that is being stored in your basement.
• March in place while watching TV or during commercials.
• Pace the floor while talking on the phone.
• Find a friend or coworker to walk with you during lunch and breaks at work.
• Take the stairs at EVERY opportunity.
• Store a jump rope and exercise band in your car or office so you always have an option for exercise.
• Join a recreation sports team like basketball, softball or a running group.
• Play your favorite music and have a dance party with the kids.
Plan your day around your physical activity and you will make sure to fit it in each and every day.
The best thing you can do for your health is to MOVE and stay active throughout the day. Teach your children to be physically active and you will give them the gift of life as well.