It’s no big secret that heart disease is a killer that destroys the lives of millions. It’s also no big secret that one of the fundamental keys of preventing heart disease is to maintain a healthy lifestyle with plenty of physical activity. Along with better heart health, those in the New York area who maintain a high level of physical activity can also enjoy things like reduced risk of cancer and other diseases. Still, as obvious as it may be, it’s worth taking a closer look at a few of the basics of active lifestyles and stronger overall heart health.

The Importance Of Staying Active

From New York to the other side of the nation, one thing remains true – staying active helps. Just look at some of the studies done recently to back up that claim:

  • The Journal of American Heart Association’s 2016 study found that by increasing physical activity slightly, cardiovascular mortality dropped by 23 percent.
  • The World Journal of Cardiology reports that maintaining a lifestyle with plenty of physical activity can reduce the progression and impact of heart disease.
  • The British Medical Journal has reported on the strong link between physical activity and the reduction of osteoarthritis and better cognitive function.

In short, by maintaining a more active lifestyle it’s possible for New York residents to improve their overall level of health and greatly improve their chances of avoiding heart related health issues.

How Much Is Enough?

Most experts agree that you’ll want to shoot for 150 minutes per week of moderate intensity activity – 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Or, you can focus on getting 75 minutes a week of high intensity activity.

Either way, remember that any level of activity is much better than not getting in any activity at all – start small if you need to and then move up towards bigger and better goals.

Getting The Best Results

One of the biggest challenges is where to start. Before you really get going, the first step should always be talking to your New York doctor. This allows you to make sure that you’re healthy enough for a workout regimen – a warm up, the exercise, and the cool down period.

In general, you’ll want about 5 minutes of low-level aerobic activities, then a brisk workout followed by another 5 minutes of gradually decreasing activity.

Along the way, remember that there are some steps worth remembering o help you get better results:

  • Focus on strength training as well as cardio. It will pay off in the long run.
  • Be sure to use a nutrition plan to help you get even better heart benefits
  • Mix up your workouts so you don’t get tired of doing the same thing every time
  • Remember that things like gardening or mowing the lawn can be good workouts as well

The bottom line is that if you want to keep your health and wellbeing as high as possible, you’ll want to make sure that you stay fit and keep your heart healthy for years to come.

- The Wellness Center of NY
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