Love your heart

PUBLISHED: 11:57 17 June 2008 | UPDATED: 15:15 20 February 2013

Jump Around

Jump Around

In addition to diet, lack of physical activity is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. The Heart & Stroke Foundation of Health Living recommends....

Exercise That Muscle
Your heart is a muscle and needs to be exercised just like other muscles in your body. Regular physical activity can help with weight loss and weight maintenance, decrease blood sugar levels, improve blood pressure, and decrease blood fat and cholesterol levels — which, in turn, can enhance heart health.

Follow Recommendations
The Heart & Stroke Foundation recommends that all adults do 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity, most days of the week. If you need to, try spreading your physical activity throughout the day — in 10-minute blocks, for example.

Start Moving With These Guidelines
Before you begin any physical activity, take a moment to review these guidelines:
• Before you start a program, check with your doctor.
• Start out slow. As you become more fit, gradually increase the length of time and how hard you work.
• Pick activities that are fun and enjoyable.
• Think of ways to move, rather than being moved. For example, take the stairs instead of the elevator, escalator, or moving sidewalk.

Get physical and show your heart you care!

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