Heart Health the Year Round

February 22, 2016

February is known as Heart Month.   Special attention is paid to heart health during this month, but it’s important to take care of your heart the year round.  Here are some tips for doing so.

The American Heart Association suggests exercising 30 minutes a day, five times a week. However you will also experience benefits even if you divide your time into two or three segments of 10 -15 minutes per day.

Physical activity is anything that makes you move your body and burn calories, such as climbing stairs or playing sports. Aerobic exercises benefit your heart, such as walking, jogging, swimming or biking. Strength and stretching exercises are best for overall stamina and flexibility.

The simplest, positive change you can make to effectively improve your heart health is to start walking. It's enjoyable, free, easy, social and great exercise. A walking program is flexible and boasts high success rates because people can stick with it. It's easy for walking to become a regular and satisfying part of life.

What if I know I won't be able to make it for 30 minutes?
Something is always better than nothing! And everyone has to start somewhere. Even if you've been sedentary for years, today is the day you can begin to make healthy changes in your life. If you don't think you'll make it for thirty minutes, set a reachable goal for today. You can work up toward your overall goal of thirty minutes by increasing your time as you get stronger. Don't let all-or-nothing thinking rob you of doing what you can every day.

At Lake Prince Woods our seven different exercise classes offer something for everyone.  Whether it's the aerobic Zumba Gold or chair yoga, you'll find an exercise level that suits you need.  Exercise classes are open to the public for a monthly membership fee of $20 or $5.00 per class.  Contact Denise Brown, Resident Services Director, at 923-5513 or [email protected] for more information.