People who are physically inactive are twice as likely to be at risk for heart disease or stroke than people who are physically active. Active living is important to maintaining good heart health throughout your life. Being active means something different to everyone, whether it's gardening, walking or running. But any physical activity can have a positive impact on your heart health.
Make it part of your life
There are many important reasons to make physical activity part of your life. It's a great way to maintain a healthy weight, reduce high blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels, manage stress and cut your risk of heart disease and stroke.
At least 30 minutes most days of the week
The Heart and Stroke Foundation recommends Canadians make active living part of their daily lives. You don't even have to go for an intense workout to get these healthy benefits. Just 30 minutes most days of the week is all it takes to start, and everything counts, even gardening, housework or dancing with your kids. When you have acheived 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week, slowly work your way up to 60 minutes.
Tips to get active
Choose activities you enjoy, start slowly and find a buddy to keep you motivated. Remember that doing any physical activity is better than doing none at all. Always check with your healthcare provider first before starting a physical activity program.
Last reviewed April 2011.