Physical inactivity is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, and most Americans are not physically active enough to gain any health benefits. Swimming, cycling, jogging, skiing, aerobic dancing, walking or many other activities can help your heart. Whether it's included in a structured exercise program or part of your daily routine, all physical activity adds up to a healthier heart.
According to the latest joint American Heart Association/American College of Sports Medicine guidelines on physical activity, all healthy adults ages 18–65 should be getting at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity five days of the week.
Here are some examples of physical activity you can add in your daily life.
. Go for a walk after breakfast and after dinner. 15 minutes each walk.
. When walking, pick up the pace from leisurely to brisk. Choose a hilly route to increase difficulty.
. Do a fun at home workout with your spouse or kids.
. Plan family outings and vacations that include physical activity ( swimming, hiking, etc.)
. When golfing walk instead of using a cart.
. Take the stairs at the mall or office instead of the elevator.