February is American Heart Month – time to get serious in the fight against heart disease, the leading cause of death in both men and women. Fortunately, most types of heart disease are largely preventable with a healthy lifestyle. This year, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute is encouraging Americans to #MoveWithHeart with The Heart Truth program.
One way to bolster your heart health is to get enough physical activity. Talk to your health care provider before starting an exercise program, begin slowly to help prevent injuries, and strive for at least 150 minutes (2 1/2 hours) of exercise each week. Choose physical activities that get your heart pumping and leave you slightly breathless, like walking at a moderate-to-brisk pace. You can even break up your exercise into smaller amounts of activity throughout the day for lasting heart health benefits.
And don’t forget National Wear Red Day this Friday, February 2, to help raise awareness about heart disease.