A weekly walking program for seniors offered in conjunction with the Baltimore Highlands – Lansdowne Senior Center.
Put a Spring In Your Step – Add Exercise to Your Daily Routine
All physical activity leads to a healthier heart, and lack of activity is one of the major modifiable risk factors for heart disease. Studies show that even moderate levels of exercise can increase life expectancy and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Some of the benefits of daily physical activity include:
- Reducing the risk of heart disease by improving blood circulation
- Keeping weight under control
- Improving blood cholesterol levels
- Preventing and managing high blood pressure
- Boosting energy level
- Helping to manage stress and release tension
Tips on beginning an exercise program:
- If you’ve been sedentary for a long time, are overweight, have a high risk of coronary heart disease or some other chronic health problem, see your doctor for a medical evaluation before beginning a physical activity program.
- Start off slow and don’t overdo it. If you push yourself too hard in the beginning, you’ll risk burnout. Instead, start at a reasonable pace and work toward realistic goals.
- Buddy up and ask a friend or family member to join you. Involve your spouse, your kids, your neighbors or co-workers in your exercise program.
- Make exercise a habit. Add it to your list of other good habits you already practice like brushing your teeth and eating nutritious foods.
This information is consolidated from the American Heart Association’s web site information on fitness and heart health.