Take Action Toward Better Heart Health:
Increase Physical Activity
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. The good news is you can lower many heart disease risk factors such as “bad” LDL cholesterol levels, increase "good" HDL cholesterol levels, and manage high blood pressure by simply moving more. Aim for at least 150 minutes (2½ hours) each week.
Exercising with a friend, family, or co-worker makes sticking to these activities easier.
- Take a yoga or fitness class with a friend. You can even take a virtual class online with a friend in another city.
- Work on your fitness goals with your spouse or roommate.
- Go for a daily walk with a neighbor.
For more information and ideas, use these links:
- NHLBI Resources
- Other Resources
- Go4Life (National Institute on Aging)
- Physical Activity (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans(U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
- Strengthening Opportunities for Physical Activity in School and the Community (health.gov)
- Tips for Increasing Physical Activity (ChooseMyPlate.Gov)