heart health resources: get moving

get moving

One of the single most important things you can do to prevent heart disease, or manage any risk factors you may already have, is exercise!

Do you know what the best exercise is?

It's the exercise you will actually do! Whether you enjoy a brisk walk, dancing, riding bikes, swimming or playing a sport, just a few minutes every day can have wonderful benefits for your heart and overall health.  Just remember, if you haven't exercised in a while, please check with your doctor before beginning any new exercise program!

EXERCISE IS MEDICINE!

remember . . .

Exercises to Boost Heart Health

Aerobic

At least 30  minutes a day, 5 days a week

Break it up if you need to each day

Brisk walking, running, swimming, cycling, playing tennis or jumping rope

Strength Training

At least two consecutive days each week

Workout with free weights, weight machines, resistence bands, or do body-resistent exercise like squats, push-ups or chin-ups

Stretching & Flexibility

Every day and before and after exercise

Your doctor or physical therapist can suggest specific stretches for you but you can also find some helpful videos on YouTube. Tai Chi and yoga are also great options, too!

Fitness for Older Adults

Age Page:  Exercise and Physical Activity: Getting Fit for Life

9 Best Exercises for Seniors

Learn more about Silver Sneaker Program

GO4LIfe Exercise Videos for Seniors:

 

60-minute Sample Workout for Older Adults from Go4Life

4 Flexibility and Cool Down Exercises for Older Adults from Go4Life

6 Upper Body Strength Exercises for Older Adults from Go4Life

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