heart health resources: 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!
Resources to Get You Started!
Your Guide to Physical Activity and Your Heart
Physical Activity & Your Heart
How much physical activity should your family get?
Parent Tips: Be Active & Have Fun
EXERCISE IS MEDICINE!
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Exercises to Boost Heart Health
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
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