As we wrap up the summer be sure to take advantage of warmer weather and time with family. Staying active is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, especially for cardiovascular health, and is a great way to spend time with people you care about. From biking to walks to swimming or playing catch, whatever exercise works for you deserves to be celebrated.
According to the American Heart Association exercising for just thirty minutes or more a day can help you lose weight, lower your cholesterol, and blood pressure, all increasing your cardiovascular health. Physical activity also allows for better blood flow to the small arteries of your heart, lowering the risk of a heart attack, as well as helping your body stay healthy in other ways. One AHA study even found that “Patients with newly diagnosed heart disease who participate in an exercise program report an earlier return to work and improvements in other measures of quality of life, such as more self-confidence, lower stress, and less anxiety. By combining controlled studies, researchers have found that for heart attack patients who participated in a formal exercise program, the death rate is reduced by 20% to 25%.”
Here are a few ideas for fun activities you and your family can do this summer to stay active.
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