Welcome to THE LINK: Physical Activity & Heart Health hosted by the American Heart Association. Thank you for joining us for this special conversation about the connection between exercise and your health. We would like to thank Heather A. Milton, MS, RCEP, CSCS, Exercise Physiologist Supervisor, Sports Health Expert at NYU Langone Health for leading today’s conversation and fitness demonstration; and Kathy Ioannou, the Brooklyn Mom on the Run, for inspiring us with her journey to improved health. We would also like to thank our presenting sponsor NYU Langone Health for their commitment to our mission!
Even with risk factors for heart disease such as high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol, people who enjoy regular physical activity have lower death rates than people who have no risk factors but who aren’t physically active. What’s more, people with heart disease who are physically fit live longer and have fewer heart attacks than heart patients who aren’t physically fit. The facts are clear: Regular physical activity benefits people who have heart disease as well as those who don’t.
American Heart Association Recommendations for Physical Activity in Adults and Kids
Are you fitting in at least 150 minutes (2.5 hours) of heart-pumping physical activity per week? If not, you’re not alone. Only about one in five adults and teens get enough exercise to maintain good health. Being more active can help all people think, feel and sleep better and perform daily tasks more easily. And if you’re sedentary, sitting less is a great place to start.
Getting Active at Home
Even if you’ve been sedentary for years, today is the day you can begin to make healthy changes in your life. The American Heart Association has the tools and resources to get you on the right path to a healthier lifestyle.
Eating healthy and staying active are some of the most important things you can do to prevent heart disease and improve your personal well-being. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, stay active as you age or shake-up your normal exercise routine, the American Heart Association is here to help you understand fitness basics and the impact physical activity – or lack thereof – can have on your health.
Staying motivated for fitness can sometimes be a struggle but keeping active is crucial to maintaining long-term health for your heart and body. From tips about setting reasonable expectations, to advice about breaking up the monotony, we will help you achieve you’re the long-term fitness that your heart will thank you for.
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Diego is the Communications Director for the American Heart Association in New York City. He loves sharing powerful stories that inspire people to take control of their health.