Physical Therapy Can Help with Heart Health
As February comes to a close, so does American Heart Month, but heart health and awareness is something we should all focus on throughout the year. At Arrow Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, we understand the integral role physical activity plays in ensuring heart health.
According the American Heart Association, just 30 minutes of physical activity for five days per week can greatly reduce your risk of heart disease. Physical activity includes any activity that gets your heart rate going and burns calories. We have a few tips to help you get kick-started on your goal to a healthier heart.
Take up physical therapy: Many people are intimidated or nervous about walking into a new gym and starting a new workout routine. Physical therapy can offer a place where you can feel comfortable about going at your own pace and learning some new exercises.
Take the stairs: Positive changes in old habits can make a bigger difference than you think! By taking the stairs rather than waiting around for the elevator, you may get into the office that much earlier and burn some of those extra calories. Other easy changes can include parking further away from the store to get in those few extra steps.
Break up your exercise routine: If you feel as though taking 30 minutes out of your busy day is just not feasible on your schedule, then take two 15-minute sessions or three 10-minute sessions. As long as you take the time to get in some extra activity, you’re doing your heart a world of good.
Quit smoking: Not only does smoking affect your lungs, making it more difficult to start an exercise routine, but it also can lead to plaque build-up in your arteries. This plaque build-up makes it more difficult for blood to pass through arteries, raising your blood pressure and making your heart work harder.
Develop healthier eating habits: Eating healthier can help your heart by reducing the amount of bad-for-you fats consumed and keeping your weight down to help your exercise routine. Plan your meals ahead of time to ensure you make healthy meal choices before reaching for the fast food.