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Conversation About The Heart
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Watch the 13 On Your Side Senior Wellness Segment on this topic.
February is American Heart Month
Candy conversation hearts make be smile when I visit the grocery store in February! I’ll be honest though, the furthest thing from my mind when I see them is my heart’s health. Thanks to the American Heart Association, February is a time to bringing awareness to heart disease as it’s the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. The AHA want to remind all of us to walk by those sugary pastel hearts and instead have a conversation from the heart, about our heart.
You might be wondering, is it to late to start working on my heart health? No, it’s never too late to start, even small changes can have big benefits. It’s been proven that adults ages 65 years and older gain substantial health benefits from regular physical activity. Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions.
It’s no secret that being physically active makes it easier to perform activities of daily living. Even in snowy west Michigan, we can find fun things to do to increase our cardio vascular health. Start small and work your way up to 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity a week. That’s 30 minutes a day, five days a week.
Examples of Physical Activities for Older Adults
Here are a few suggestions, however the possibilities are endless:
- Walking or hiking and even dancing!
- Swimming or Water aerobics
- Jogging or aerobic exercise seated in a chair including chair based yoga
- Bicycle riding (stationary or outdoors)
- Some yard work, such as raking and pushing a lawn mower
- Sports like tennis or basketball or even walking as part of golf
- Strengthening exercise using exercise bands, weight machines, or hand-held weights
- Body-weight exercises (push-ups, pull-ups, planks, squats, lunges)
- Digging, lifting, and carrying as part of gardening
- Carrying groceries
Note: The intensity of these activities can be either relatively moderate or relatively vigorous, depending upon an older adult’s level of fitness.
It’s never too late to start healthy habits for your heart and improve you overall wellbeing. Start a conversation with yourself and/or your loved one and make exercise a part of your day today!
Online Article Sources: health.gov, cdc.gov, heart.org, ncoa.org,