The cardiovascular system is responsible for transporting blood (oxygen, nutrients, and hormones) throughout your entire body. The cardiovascular system also removes metabolic waste, so it is an important system to keep healthy! There are a couple of different ways that you can focus on heart health that will reduce the risk of heart disease and other health issues.
Exercise and diet are the two main ways to keep your heart healthy! The recommended amount of exercise is 30 minutes at least 5 times a week adding up to about 150 minutes of moderate physical activity. Some examples of physical activity could include:
1.Walking and running is a great way to get your body moving and can be done at your own level. Start out slow and work up to a brisk pace to get your heart pumping!
2. Swimming or biking is a great option in the summer time or even in the winter (inside of course) and is a great way to change up the pace!
3. Some other options are: taking the stairs when you have the option, parking your car in a farther spot. Wake up earlier to get the exercise in before your day gets too crazy and wear a fitness watch to keep track and keep you motivated!
Exercise is great but diet is just as important! Some key diet tips include:
- Eating more fruits and vegetables
- Limiting or eliminating unhealthy fats like trans fat.
- Keep an eye on your portion sizes
You can find our government nutritional guidelines here: https://www.choosemyplate.gov/
Thanks for reading!
Eva Kelley, PTA