If you are trying to improve your heart health, physical activity is the first step in the right direction. People of all ages need regular exercise, which supports heart health in a number of ways. You should utilize both aerobic and weight training activities to see the biggest payoff. To determine how much exercise you should get every day, consider the following factors.
Toddlers need exercise, but they do not need to follow any formal regimen of activity . Mom and Dad and older siblings can play along as younger children run, jump, ordance. Check with your local Y or community center for group play activities for young children
Older kids can enjoy more structured activity with at least an hour of exercise each day. Your child’s personality can guide you in selecting organized sports, active play, dance, biking, running or martial arts training that has a special appeal. Encourage your child to try new activities and to include a variety of individual and group activities.
More adults are finding that active athletics support their emotional health as well as physical health. Five 30 minute sessions of moderate activity each week can make a big difference in meeting your health and wellness goals, especially your goals for heart health.
If you are overweight you have a higher risk for cardiovascular disease, and you might want to get more frequent exercise to encourage weight loss. To promote a healthier weight, you will want to keep your aerobic exercise routine fresh by regularly increasing the distance you walk or run or by increasing your speed. Muscle strengthening exercise is also important for weight loss efforts, so this should be part of your routine, too.
Current Level of Fitness
No one starts an exercise program achieving ideal targets for physical activity. While daily running or high-intensity workouts may be your ultimate goal, you should start where you are comfortable. Walking is a great choice for activity, because almost anyone can start a walking regimen with no worry of overstressing the body and no equipment needs besides a good pair of walking shoes
Anyone beginning an exercise program or planning major changes should talk with his physician first. Trust us, he’ll be glad to hear that you’re taking heart health seriously and will have supportive recommendations on the best ways to achieve your goals.
For referral to a cardiologist or primary care physician who can help you meet your heart health objectives, call (408) 559-2011 to speak with someone at our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line.