Your heart, if you take care of it, it will take care of you. Simple enough, right? The American Heart Association recommends, among other things, getting 150 minutes of moderate to strenuous cardiovascular activity every week to keep your heart healthy and strong.
Going to the gym and creating a fitness routine certainly helps you get those minutes in, but what about the rest of the time? While most of us have full schedules and juggle many roles in our lives, we could probably squeeze in a few extra minutes of movement a day.
In honor of American Heart Month, try one or more of these get moving tips at home, at work and at play.
– Do housework yourself! Don’t outsource it to a cleaning service.
– Work in the yard gardening, mowing the lawn or raking leaves.
– Stand up and walk while on the phone.
– Exercise while watching TV. Commercials are the perfect opportunity to squeeze in some push-ups, sit-ups or planks.
– Try a walking meeting. Brainstorm with a coworker while taking a walk.
– Walk to a coworker’s desk/office instead of emailing or calling them.
– Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
– Go for a walk during your break or lunch hour.
– Sightsee by walking or bicycling in a new city.
– Plan family outings to include physical activity such hiking, swimming, etc.
– Join a recreational sports team.