Heart Healthy Resolutions # 2 — Exercise More

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Written by: Katherine Elphick

Let’s start the New Year off with some heart healthy resolutions.

Tip # 2 — Exercise More

Did you know that physical activity can be as beneficial to your heart as medication in many cases? With that in mind, it’s recommended that everyone exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, every day. So, try fitting more exercise into your day.

How to stick to your resolution:

Start by walking. Suggestions include: parking your car at the far end of a parking lot, so you have farther to walk to a building’s entrance, choosing the stairs rather than the elevator, and spending part of your lunch break walking).

Wake up a bit earlier and exercise before you do anything else.

Slowly increase the intensity of your workout, but make sure not to over do it.

Use a wearable fitness tracker to count your steps. Try increasing your daily steps by 500 each week with the goal of reaching 10,000 steps per day, a level that can produce many health benefits.

Talk to your doctor about an exercise that would be right for you.