Did you know?
- Major risk factors for heart disease
- Tobacco use
- Physical inactivity
- Poor Diet
- 250,000 deaths occur each year as a result of inactivity
- People with active lifestyles have a 45% lower risk of developing heart disease
- Benefits occur even with low-intensity exercise like walking or jogging
Exercise Benefits the heart in Many Ways
- The heart is a muscle, and gets stronger with exercise
- Enables the heart to pump more blood through the body
- Lowers resting heart rate as the heart is more efficient
Positive effects on risk factors
- Reduces blood pressure
- Reduces body weight
- Increases good cholesterol and lowers bad cholesterol
Increased aerobic capacity
- Improves body’s ability to transport and use oxygen
- Reduces fatigue when performing everyday activities
- Improves vascular wall function
Let’s Get Moving!
Take the stairs, not the elevator
- Burns 7 calories per minute for a 150-pound person
- For an extra boost, take 10 minutes on your break to go up and down
Bicycle to work instead of driving
- A half-hour commute burns about 140 calories for a 150-pound person
- You’ll get fresh air and help your health and the environment at the same time!
Sit on an exercise ball at work
- Burn about 30 extra calories per workday
- Use the exercise ball for quick training breaks during the day
Walk to lunch or coffee
- A leisurely 10-minute walk burns about 50 calories
- Grab a co-worker to join you and pick up the pace!