The heart is responsible for pumping over 2,000 gallons of blood each day. Each year over 647,000 people die from heart disease, and more than 750,000 people in the US will suffer from a heart attack. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US.
It is time we take strides forward to a healthier heart and a healthier life by doing just that; taking strides. Moving more is a great way to decrease our risk factors for heart disease and many other conditions. What are some great ways to increase our movement?
Well, I am a huge fan of accidental exercise. This is creating an environment where you force yourself to move more.
- Park in a farther away parking spot when you go to the store.
- Take the stairs.
- Take lighter loads. There is no reason to cram all your groceries onto one arm to drag them inside. Instead, take lighter loads into the house to force yourself to go back to the car.
- Stand up, stretch, and move every hour. This is great for keeping joints lubricated and to keep lymphatic fluid pumping in your body.
- Drink water each and every day to keep your muscles, organs, glands and tissues hydrated.
Also, utilize the great tips we discussed from creating great new habits in January. Creating an environment that motivates you to move more is essential for making a lasting impact and change. Approximately 45% of the tasks we do each day are habitual. Use this as a way to train your brain to be more productive and active. Create an environment to succeed.
- Set very specific goals with very specific timeline. Start will small chunks.
- Establish accountability. Get a partner to keep you moving forward.
- Set up reminders in your environment to remind you of your needed actions.
- Set rewards for reaching your goals.
- Celebrate your success at every corner.