Getting active is one of the most effective ways to improve your heart health and your general well-being. However, it’s always a good idea to visit your community hospital and consult your physician before beginning an exercise program, especially if you have a medical condition or if you’re at a high risk of heart disease. To help motivate you, here are some heart healthy tips for getting active.
Set Reasonable Goals
Setting reasonable exercise goals can help you stick to your plan. Instead of attempting to run for 30 minutes per day, for example, begin a walking program. Gradually increase your walking speed and your distance. Then, begin alternating walking with jogging for five minutes. You’ll soon find that you’re able to jog for longer periods of time.
Make Exercise a Habit
Many people have difficulty finding enough time to exercise. If you exercise at the same time each day, it will eventually become a habit and you may find that it’s easier to fit it into your busy schedule.
Find an Enjoyable Routine
Boredom is one reason why many people abandon their workout routines after a while. Look for an exercise program that you enjoy, such as tennis, swimming, or walking on a nearby nature trail. If being around other people motivates you to stay active, sign up for a group exercise class or enlist a friend to be your workout buddy.
Track Your Progress
Tracking your progress can help you stay interested in working out. You can make your progress chart as simple or as complex as you prefer. Some people might only place a checkmark on the calendar on the days that they worked out, while others might record specific details about the type of activity, duration, distance, and average heart rate.
The cardiac care team at Englewood Community Hospital in Englewood, FL looks forward to helping you reach your hearth health goals. Our community hospital provides state-of-the-art cardiac care, including diagnostic tests and treatment modalities. For more information about the healthcare services available at our hospital, residents of Northport and Englewood, FL can call (888) 658-1598.