The Tampa Bay Heart Institute at Northside Hospital is dedicated to providing cutting-edge diagnostics and treatments for cardiac patients, but we’re equally committed to educating the community about heart disease prevention. Exercise is one of the most impactful things you can do to maintain good heart health for life. How much exercise should you be getting? Here is an overview of the guidelines set by the American Heart Association.
Guidelines for Improving Overall Heart Health
You may be surprised just how little physical activity is required to reap major benefits for your health. The American Heart Association recommends that adults get about 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, like walking or swimming, per week. That breaks down into about 30 minutes five days per week. Alternatively, get 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activities each week, or about 25 minutes three times per week. You can also opt to combine moderate and vigorous activity and add moderate or high-intensity muscle building activities two days per week.
Guidelines for Lowering High Blood Pressure and Cholesterol
If you have high blood pressure or cholesterol, two major risk factors for heart disease, then consider adding just a little more physical activity to your schedule. Aim for an average of moderate-to-vigorous activity three to four days per week to see an improvement in your numbers.
Fitting in Exercise
For most people, life is so busy that adding exercise to their schedule seems overwhelming. The good news is that it can fit in easier than you think. Any kind of physical activity counts, from playing sports to cleaning. Also, you don’t have to fit all of your working out into a single session. Doing 10 minute bursts of activity throughout the day will also deliver health benefits.
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