Easy Exercise Solutions (Heart Health)
If you think you won’t see any real benefits from physical activity, think again. Regular exercise gives you more energy, reduces stress, and helps you to sleep better. It helps to lower high blood pressure and improves blood cholesterol levels. It helps to tone your muscles, burns calories to help you lose extra pounds or maintain a healthy weight, and helps control your appetite. It can also increase muscle strength, help your heart and lungs work more efficiently, and let you enjoy your life more fully.
There’s more good news: You don’t have to spend hours at the gym to see results. Low- to moderate-intensity activities, such as walking, stair climbing, yard work, housework, and dancing can have both short- and long-term benefits. If you are inactive, the key is to get started. One great way is to take a walk for 10 to 15 minutes during your lunch break, or take your dog for a walk every day. At least 30 minutes of daily physical activity can help improve your heart health.
It takes only a few minutes a day to become more physically active. If you don t have 30 minutes in your schedule, try to find two 15-minute periods or even three 10-minute periods. These exercise breaks will soon become a habit you can’t live without.