Exercise is one the best things you can do for your health! While we hear about how exercise can lead to great health benefits, like lowering your blood pressure or improving blood circulation, it can be hard to fit exercise into your daily life.1
The US Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least 150 minutes (that’s 2 and ½ hours) of moderate aerobic exercise, or 75 minutes of vigorous (strong) aerobic activity per week, or some combination of the two. Examples of moderate aerobic exercise could be power walking or gardening. Vigorous aerobic activity includes running or walking uphill. Generally, most guidelines suggest you aim for 30 minutes (a half hour) of physical activity every day to reach your goal. Listed below are practical tips that you can include in your daily life to improve participation in exercise. Remember, it is important to check with your healthcare provider first to make sure it is safe for you to exercise.
Overall, choose a reasonable exercise routine that works for you. If you’re new to exercise, it’s important to keep working slowly at your own pace, and not to give up on yourself! Make time to celebrate your accomplishments, no matter how small. Whatever type of exercise you try, remember you are working towards a healthier heart!