Dr. Stephen Sinatra, M.D. says,
“My Two Favorite Forms of Exercise for Heart Health”
When patients ask me what kind of exercise is best to maintain a healthy heart, my answer is always the same: “The kind you’ll keep doing day in and day out.”
Honestly, it doesn’t matter what kind of exercise you do. The important thing is that you find a way to be active and then enjoy yourself, without worrying about whether you’re working “hard enough.” My favorite ways to exercise and maintain heart health are walking and dancing. They’re easy and virtually anyone can do them.’
Walking is a wonderful heart-healthy exercise for all ages. A mile of walking, at any speed, burns as many calories as a mile of running, and I’ve rarely heard of people injuring muscles, ligaments, or joints while walking. If you haven’t been active for a while, start out easy by walking for just 10 minutes a day. Your goal should be to add five minutes a week, building up to 30 minutes of walking total, five days a week. And remember, you don’t have to maintain a brisk pace.
Dancing reduces stress, and you don’t have to work up a sweat or push yourself until you’re out of breath to get heart-health benefits from this dynamic exercise. Dancing also enhances your well-being and can give you a happier outlook. You can easily create an exercise session by adding a bit of stretching, yoga, and weight training.
To start, put on music, warm up with a good stretch and some deep breathing, and then dance for 10 to 15 minutes. Add in some free weights and finish with yoga and stretching exercises to cool down.
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