In order to have a healthy heart, regular physical activity is key. In order to improve overall cardiovascular health, the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise, or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise. An easy way to remember this goal is to strive for 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day, 5 times a week.
Moderate exercise, like brisk walking, can have many health benefits, including:
- Relief from tension, anxiety, depression, and anger
- The delay or prevention of chronic illnesses and diseases associated with aging
- Maintenance of quality of life and independence for seniors
- Improved blood cholesterol
- Improved blood circulation
- Improved blood pressure
- Bone loss prevention
- Improved energy level
- Improved ability to fall asleep and sleep more soundly
A sedentary lifestyle can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. AHA states that adults who watch more than 4 hours of television a day had a 46% increased risk of death from any cause and an 80% increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease.
Without regular physical activity, the body slowly loses its ability to function well. As a result, individuals who are physically active and at a healthy weight live about 7 years longer than those who are not active and are obese.
Information provided by the American Heart Association