FEBRUARY is National Heart Month

10 Minutes to a Healthier Heart

Don’t avoid exercising because you’re short on time. Even quick workouts can benefit your heart.

 

Does spending an hour at the gym seem daunting—and something you really don’t have time for?

 

Fitness experts say you can work out 10 to 15 minutes at a time and still reduce your risk for heart     disease. The American Heart Association recommends all adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week. What is moderate physical activity? It includes:

Brisk walking, jogging

or running

Biking

Swimming

Dancing

Jumping rope

 

Now, let’s tackle those 150 minutes—break it up!  150 minutes each week breaks down to 30 minutes, 5 days a week. Want to break it up even more? Just make sure you are getting at least 10 minutes of aerobic activity at a time. Try 15-minute increments, twice a day, 5 days a week. That means you could sneak in a 15-minute walk on your lunch hour and spend 15 minutes doing yard work in the evening. There’s your daily exercise – and perhaps, a better looking yard!

 

Be sure to check with your doctor before starting any type of exercise program.