Go4Life from the National Institute on Aging shared that February is National Heart Month and the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute at NIH is asking people to pledge to #MoveWithHeart this February and all year long.
Did you know that by simply moving more, you can lower your risk of getting heart disease or having a stroke? Many types of activity can help your heart—going on a hike or taking the stairs, biking to the store or around the block, wheeling yourself in your wheelchair.
Choices you might make every day can contribute to heart disease. Do you smoke? Are you overweight? Do you spend the day sitting at a desk or in front of the TV? Do you avoid doing exercise? Do you drink a lot of alcohol? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, making healthy lifestyle changes might help you prevent or delay heart disease.
Take the following steps to keep your heart healthy:
Be more physically active. Aim for 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity on most or all days of the week. Every day is best. It doesn’t have to be done all at once —10-minute periods will do. Start by doing activities you enjoy —brisk walking, dancing, swimming, bicycling, or playing basketball or tennis.
If you smoke, quit. It’s never too late to get some benefit from quitting smoking.
Follow a heart healthy diet. Choose low-fat foods and those that are low in salt. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, and foods high in fiber. Following a healthy eating plan and being physically active might help you.