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February 10, 2021
It’s Heart Month! Apex Benefits and Indy Eleven have teamed up to bring you fun heart-healthy videos all month long for reducing your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Soccer players are some of the more elite and fit athletes on the planet. We can’t imagine anyone more appropriate — like Indy Eleven Forward Nick Moon — to provide inspiration for living a heart-healthy lifestyle.
Now, your health goals don’t need to be the same as a world-class athlete’s. Every step toward being more active, eating more healthily and focusing on mental health and self-care is a step toward lowering your risk and changing your life. Read on for more information!
Tips to Keep Your Heart in Shape
Are you fitting in at least 150 minutes of heart-pumping physical activity per week? According to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, adults should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise per week, or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic exercise per week.
Being active has many health benefits such as preventing heart disease, lowering blood pressure, regulating cholesterol and maintaining a healthy weight.
Tips for Success:
- Always take the stairs, even if it is for a floor or two. Once that gets easier, add another floor.
- Schedule physical activity time on your calendar and treat it like an important appointment. It even helps to write the location down on your calendar as well! You’ll know when and where to be for your workout.
- Set a timer every 60 minutes, and when the timer goes off, do some sort of exercise for 20 repetitions. It could be jumping jacks, squats, or anything that is going to get you up on your feet.
- Spend less time sitting. Even light-intensity activity can offset some risks of being sedentary.
- Aim to get the recommended 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic (also known as “cardio”) activity. Examples of aerobic exercise include brisk walking/jogging, dancing, hiking and playing tennis.
Don’t worry if you can’t reach 150 minutes of physical activity per week just yet. Start with setting a reachable goal for today. As you get stronger, you can gradually work up toward the recommended amount.
If you need an idea for a quick workout, download this one created by one of our fitness instructors.
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