Take care of your heart month
February is American Heart Month. Hospitals and health systems around the country celebrate American Hearth Month by helping to raise awareness in their communities about heart disease. Staff wear red and volunteers knit or crochet pint-sized red hats for newborns. They hold free screenings and heart health awareness events. It’s a great time for the people who work in your hospitals and health systems and live in your communities to commit to a healthy lifestyle and make small changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health. If you’re not doing so already, get involved in American Heart Month. Spread the word about strategies for preventing heart disease and living heart healthy lives. It’s no secret that a regular exercise program is a great way to make your body look good, feel good and move better, but it’s also an ideal way to take care of your body’s most important muscle – your heart! Strengthen your heart to gain a better quality of life! Here are a few activities to strengthen your heart!
1. Interval Training
This is when you alternate short bursts of higher intensity exercises with a low-intensity recovery period. Intervals can be incorporated into a wide variety of ways….walking, running, biking, rowing, treadmills, weights, etc.
2. Strength Training
Aim for a total body strength routine using your bodyweight, resistance bands, free-weights or any combination of the three.
3. Avoid Long Periods of Sitting
Recent studies clearly show that even the fittest of people are negatively affected by sitting for long periods of time. You need to move all day long, even in non-exercise activities. Set a timer to go off every 10-15 minutes as a reminder to get up and move around for a minute or two.
4. Focus on Your Core
The core muscles (consisting of approximately 25+ muscles throughout your back, abdomen and pelvis) provide the foundation for movement throughout the entire body. Keeping them strong and functioning properly will allow you to move the way your body was meant to and prevent debilitating back injuries that could prevent you from being able to exercise.
Keeping the muscles and joints of the body flexible and mobile will help prevent injuries and aid in the body’s ability to move and function properly.