With 2017 right around the corner, have you thought about your goals and things you wish to strive for this coming year? We all know that setting New Year goals and then failing to achieve them can be disheartening; so why not just start with small steps towards your goals and then working your way up? For example, why not just have a goal of being more physically active? This can start with simply walking in your neighborhood or establishing a more regular schedule of walking your dog.
Just being more physically active can help prevent heart disease and improve your overall cardiovascular health. The American Heart Association (AHA) suggests at 150 per week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise. Or how about a combination of both? You can also experience health benefits by diving the time into 2-3 segments of 10 to 15 minutes per day.
In addition, for people who want to decrease their blood pressure or cholesterol level, the AHA recommends 40 minutes of aerobic exercise of moderate to vigorous intensity at least 3 to 4 times pwer week.
Being physically active has more benefits than just the prevention of heart disease and stroke. An increased level of physical activity can increase your mental acuity and physical wellness while also optimizing your current health.
Some specific examples include:
1. Boosting energy levels
2. Managing stress
3. Releasing tension
4. Improving self-image and boosting self-confidence
5. Increasing muscle strength
I wish everyone a Healthy and Happy 2017!
Dr. Tracy A. Jones is an American Heart Association, ASHI, and American Red Cross Master Program Trainer, Instructor, & AHA Faculty Member located in San Antonio, Texas.