It’s been drilled into our heads for generations: exercise and good nutrition improve health and well-being. In conjunction, these two practices yield potentially lifesaving benefits. But, if you’re always on the run, busy with work, family, school, and whatever else, exercise and healthy eating can be difficult to integrate into your daily life. It’s easy to slack on one or both ends of the health spectrum, but maintaining at least one practice can still give you long-term health benefits. Exercise alone can significantly improve your health. Even more, just 150 minutes of physical activity per week can promote heart health in two major ways for people of all ages.
Indirect Benefit: Physical activity improves vascular function and responsiveness, lowers inflammation in the arteries, reduces body weight and blood pressure.
Direct Benefit: Exercise strengthens muscles. Essentially, exercise strengthens the cardiac muscles of your heart and allows them to work much more efficiently.
How Much Exercise Should I Do?
Exercise keeps your vascular system, muscles, and joints flexible and elastic. For example, think about the old, clogged drain you had replaced for the high tech system. Pressure was low and so was the stream of water that came out, so you upgraded. You may not be able to upgrade the pipes that pump blood and other substances through your body, but you can ensure they remain clean and smooth.
According to the federal guidelines by the American Heart Association, adults should get 30 minutes of aerobic exercise five days a week. This averages out to 150 minutes of low to moderate exercise per week, or 75 minutes of vigorous activity. Seems like a fair trade for heart health.
Let’s Get You Started
Moderate aerobic exercises in conjunction with other practices that focus on strength training and flexibility are a great way to jumpstart your healthy lifestyle. All it takes is 30 minutes to one hour a day, five days a week! Our Wellness Classes focus on gradually increasing your abilities to perform and strengthening your body. Our experienced physical therapists work with you to gauge your limitations and capabilities so you can improve your overall health. With us, you’ll learn how to nourish your body and lead a more active lifestyle.