Heart health challenge: Get moving

March 7, 2016

Have your best intentions to start an exercise regimen at the beginning of the year faltered? It happens to many of us. We get busy with our day-to-day lives and before we know it, we are back to our old habits. That’s why Dr. Amy Pollak, a cardiologist at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus, challenges us to get at least 20-30 minutes of exercise each day. Regular exercise helps prevent and improve a number of health problems, including high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and depression.

Pollak says exercise doesn’t have to be boring and urges us to incorporate activities we enjoy into our daily schedule. Ideas include walking at least 10,000 steps a day, dancing, swimming or biking.

Here are some tips to help keep you motivated:

— Set a goal

— Make it fun

— Make physical activity a part of your daily routine

— Put it on paper

— Join forces with family, friends or co-workers

— Reward yourself

— Be flexible

 

 


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