physiquality blog: be wise about your heart health
February is always a good reminder to take care of your heart, both emotionally and physically. At Physiquality, we decided to focus on cardiac health, posting some reminders on how to care for your heart wisely.
Be wise about your heart health
In Hard Times, Charles Dickens wrote, “There is a wisdom of the Head, and there is a wisdom of the Heart.” While many of us may know what needs to be done to live a healthy life, we don’t always follow such wisdom. In honor of Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month, here are some reminders from some Physiquality experts and the American Heart Association (a.k.a. the AHA) on how to care for your heart wisely (in the physiological sense, at least).
Working out isn’t as difficult as you might think.
Many people were put off by last year’s guidelines to work out 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week (or 150 minutes a week), to remain healthy. While it can sound daunting, even mild exercise is better than none. You can start by walking more, and by setting a goal of 10,000 steps a day. If you want to keep track of your progress, consider buying a pedometer to count your steps every day. You could also track it in a fitness journal like fitbook™. Angela Manzanares of fitbook™ notes, “Research shows that people who write down their goals are 75% more likely to achieve them.”