30 minutes a day helps keep heart disease away

Did you know that by exercising as few as 30 minutes per day, you can improve your heart health and quality of life? And it doesn’t have to be hardcore, rigorous physical activity – the kind that leaves you drenched in sweat and sore for days. It can be simple, easy-to-incorporate activities like walking your dog, tossing a ball with your child, or dancing with friends.

Throughout February, we want to help you boost your heart health by sharing some simple ways to incorporate more physical activity into your daily routine. And we’re kicking the month off with an activity that, according to the American Heart Association, is the simplest positive change you can make to improve your heart health. Walking.

Here are a few reasons to lace up your sneakers:

  • Studies show that for every hour of walking, you may increase your life expectancy by two hours.
  • Regular walking can improve your cholesterol, lower blood pressure, increase your energy and stamina, and prevent weight gain.
  • Walking is low-risk, easy to start, and can be done anywhere, anytime.
  • You can adapt it to your mood - you can go it alone, take your pup or meet up with a friend.

If your schedule is jam-packed, you can break the 30-minute walk into three, 10-minute walk breaks throughout the day. These can be done before work, during lunch, or after dinner - whatever works for you and is easy to maintain.

So let’s get up and get moving. Your heart will thank you.