“Just move your body! It’s doesn’t have to look a certain way.” – Jimmy LeSage
It’s no secret, exercise is essential to your health! When mixed with the right nutrition, exercise is your best heart medicine. Exercise doesn’t have to mean a full-blown session in the gym, or training for a triathlon. When it comes to heart medicine, “exercise” is really any movement that gets your heart pumping, like walking, dancing or swimming.
Movement not only prevents blood vessels from clogging, but can also help re-open vessels that are already clogged. Movement is also the only cholesterol-lowering medication that has no side effects!
You might be thinking that you’re too busy to work out, but not so fast! You can easily move every day, no matter where you are.
Here are five simple ways to incorporate movement into your day:
- Take a 5-minute break from work every hour and take a walk around the office. If you work 8 hours, that’s 40 minutes of walking a day!
- Workout on your lunch break, even if that means doing simple body-weight exercises like squats, lunge walks or even jump roping in the parking lot.
- Park far, far away from your office so you have to walk further to get inside.
- Do “The Secret Handshake.” Sit up with your feet flat on the floor. Clasp your hands together as if giving yourself a handshake, with one hand’s thumb pointing to the floor and the other pointing to the ceiling. Then pull and feel the resistance in both your arms. Hold for 10 seconds or more, release and repeat.
- Take the stairs. Yes, a common recommendation, but an effective one!
Every bit of movement you can do will support a healthy heart. The five suggestions above are ways to increase your movement each day, but in addition, you should aim to do 30-60 minutes of cardio at least 4 days a week.
Come to New Life Hiking Spa for a wellness vacation this year! Hiking or taking a nature walk on vacation is great for your heart health and get you started towards a healthier lifestyle when you get home. The average person gains 5-10 pounds on a one week cruise. The opposite usually happens at New Life!