5 Physical Activity Tips for a Healthy Heart
We know exercise is good for us, but if it is not something we have already built into our routines in can be difficult to get started.
The First Aid Canada team has put together some simple tips on jumpstarting your physical activity to get your heart pumping. It is important to show our hard-working heart some TLC for all that is does for us on a subconscious, daily basis.
Take the Stairs
This first tip on our list is to always take the stairs. Whether it be at your office, in the metro station or at the mall, whenever possible strive to take the stairs. Implementing this simple change into your life will not only get your blood pumping, but it will also keep your mind fitness-conscious. Do not stress If the stairs seem difficult at first. After time you will notice your body has begun to adapt aerobically and you can take the stairs effortlessly.
Walk to Work
Walking to work can be a great way to get your blood flowing in the morning and your brain clear and alert for the day. If walking to work is not possible for you and where you are living, attempt a walk early in the morning, even if it be to drink your coffee as you stroll around the block. A little can go a long way when you are consistent.
Join a Fitness Class
Is there an activity you have been meaning to try? Maybe it is Zumba or water aerobics? Take the time today to drop in or sign up for a class. Jogging groups can also be a fun and motivating activity to partake in outside. In addition to getting your heart rate up, fitness classes and groups are a great way to be social and build new relationships!
If you have responsibilities at home or just prefer working out on your own, fitness videos are a great way to stay active. There are a ton of amazing fitness routines available for free from your computer. Below we have linked a full body workout you can easily do in the comfort of your own home as it requires no equipment:
Stretching can do wonders for your body! Each morning taking a few minutes to stretch out your body. This gets your blood flowing and your mind alert. In the evening stretching can help to decompress after a busy day and relax your mind for a good night’s sleep. Below we have linked a bedtime yoga routine to get you started:
Be sure to fuel your body with nutritious food daily to keep your body healthy. In last week’s blog we covered 10 Heart Healthy Foods and gave tips on how to incorporate them into each day. To check out that blog post, click here.