Steps you can take to jump-start your exercise routine this Heart Month

‘You can exercise simply by moving around the house,’ Dr. Salim Hayek says

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During February, the American Heart Association is urging everyone to “Reclaim Your Rhythm” by focusing attention on improving your physical health and mental well-being.

Each week, there will be a different focus on the four key pillars of heart health. This week’s priority is exercise.

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To jump-start your exercise, the American Heart Association suggests the following:

  • Take 10,000 steps daily
  • Have a dance night at home
  • Stay active outdoors

If you want to start exercising again, but don’t know how to start, here’s a tip from Dr. Salim Hayek, a cardiologist at the University of Michigan Health Frankel Cardiovascular Center.

“I know exercise sounds daunting. And when I mean exercise, I do not necessarily mean having heavy equipment at home, the weights, the dumbbells, or go to the gym. You can exercise simply by moving around the house, whether it’s doing laps around the house, or going up and down the stairs. And you do not need hours of exercise to maintain or build cardiopulmonary fitness. All you need is 15 minutes a day. Whether it’s again walking around the house at a fast pace or going up and down the stairs. And you will notice, within one to two weeks, a significant improvement in how you feel and your exercise capacity.”

Read: How a focus on nutrition can help you ‘reclaim your rhythm’ this Heart Month

The American Heart Association has a wealth of resources available to help you solve your personal exercise challenges.   Here are a few suggestions:

Check back each week in February for a different focus on improving your heart health.

Click here to visit the American Heart Association website.

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