Knowing about blood pressure, getting it checked and eating heart-healthy foods are all well and good. But there’s one more piece to the happy-heart puzzle we need you to know: MOVE YOUR BODY.
The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of physical activity every day. That’s totally do-able. You spend that much time on Facebook every day! Exercise helps you mentally and physically. It makes your heart stronger. It gets you outdoors.
Does the word “exercise” scare you? That’s fine. Call it “movement” or “activity” or an “outdoor adventure”. Just move. Because the truth is, the more you work out, the better your heart works for you.
It lowers your risk of:
- Coronary artery disease
- High blood pressure
- Type 2 diabetes
Becoming more active can lower your blood pressure by as much as 4 to 9 mm Hg. That’s the same reduction in blood pressure delivered by some antihypertensive medications. Physical activity can also boost your levels of good cholesterol. And an active lifestyle pumps up your immune system, providing protection against viruses, heart disease, cancer and many other conditions.
If we haven’t gotten you moving yet, the American Heart Association is rather convincing about how physical activity improves quality of life.
Here’s our promise to you: your heart will thank and serve you for years to come if you make the loving gesture to get it moving and pumping each day. Find an activity you enjoy and MOVE.