Get Moving!

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The following are a few tips on how you can start walking toward a more heart-healthy lifestyle:

  1. Start slowly and build up.
  2. Set goals—30 minutes or more a day of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity.
  3. Divide the 30 minutes into chunks of 10 or 15 minutes throughout each day.
  4. Get a walking partner—it’s more fun and you can encourage each other!
  5. Avoid the elevator at work or escalator at the mall and take the stairs.
  6. Take the worst parking place in the back of the lot—the extra steps add up!
  7. Join the free, online Start! Walking Program at americanheart.org/start

Did you know…

  • Physical inactivity doubles the risk of heart disease.
  • Walking an extra 20 minutes a day will burn off seven pounds of body fat each year.
  • Exercising is a two-for-one deal: For every one hour of vigorous exercise, you will gain two hours of life expectancy!
  • Walking programs have the lowest drop-out rate of all exercise programs.

Walking on a regular basis:

  • Increases bone density
  • Decreases mental stress
  • Improves circulation
  • Improves self-esteem

Physical activity reduces the risk of:

  • Dying prematurely
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Developing diabetes
  • Colon cancer

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