Our heart needs a lot of love and attention. It gets strain from our lifestyle – how we move, what we eat, and how we handle stress. In America, heart disease is leading cause of death. But with education and awareness, heart disease deaths have declined steadily over the decades . We’ve already seen the stroke death rate drop – from the No. 3 cause of death in the U.S. to No. 5 over just five years. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Research/Research_UCM_481866_SubHomePage.jsp
Benefits of aerobic exercise1
- Reduces your risk of chronic disease — heart disease and strokeDecreases blood pressure and cholesterol.
- Improves your balance and coordination.
- Helps you lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.
- Improves mental health — boosts your self-esteem, helps with anxiety and depression, promotes enthusiasm and optimism.
- Prevents bone loss
- Boosts energy level
- Helps manage stress & releases tension
- Helps you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly
The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s premier event for raising funds to save lives from this country’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers – heart disease and stroke. American Heart Association Heart Walk is held annually and in San Diego it is on Saturday, September 16th in Balboa Park. Don’t go alone – grab a friend or your family and have fun together.
Not able to attend Heart Walk? No problem. Here are some tips to get moving and inspire others:
- Make it a family affair – find a trail or path near by and take the kids out for a ride or walk. Walk the dog.
- Try something new like Lazer Tag or rock climbing. Mixing things up keeps it fresh and exciting. Meeting new people and seeing new places makes life a little more interesting too.
- Start your day a little early with a morning walk.
- Dance a little more
The American Heart Association’s physical activity recommendations are 150 minutes per week or 30 minutes a day for five days for moderate exercise levels.
Exercising at a vigorous level is good for you. Mix up your a walk with a good hill or put an extra riser in your next step class. If you are doing vigorous activity (where little to no talking is possible), then 75 minutes per week is recommended.
Okay, lace up your shoes, get some good tunes on, and let’s do it!
- Garber CE, et. al. Quantity and quality of exercise for developing and maintaining cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal, and neuromotor fitness in apparently healthy adults: Guidance for prescribing exercise. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 2011;43(7):1334-1359.