February is Heart Health Month! A major part of having a healthy heart is being active. In fact, if you don’t exercise, you’re more than twice as likely to get heart disease as someone who does!
Regular physical activity helps to:
- Prevent heart disease
- Lower your risk of high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke
- Aid in cardiac rehabilitation
- Builds a strong immunity
- Reduce blood pressure in those who already have high blood pressure
- And ultimately, improve your overall health!
It's easier than you might think to improve your health with exercise, and it is never too late to start! Everyone can benefit from moving more – no matter your age. Changing a few habits each day can help to strengthen your heart and your other muscles. The American Heart Association recommends five 30-minute moderate exercise sessions each week. While this may seem daunting, it is important to note that these sessions can be broken up into two or three 10 or 15-minute segments throughout the day. The easiest way is to start walking. Set a time goal and build up to it. Any type of movement is better than none!
If you want to incorporate more movement into your daily life, but are concerned about how to best do that, contact one of our outpatient clinics. Our physical therapists are experts in developing personalized treatment plans to help you reach your fitness and heart health goals. We can help create a heart-healthy exercise regime that helps you build up your physical activity slowly and safely.
No referral for physical therapy? No problem! You are likely able to set up an appointment in one of our facilities through direct access.
Contact us today to learn more about how February can be the month you start to improve your heart health!