Valentine’s makes February a month about the love you have for the people dear to you, but it’s also American Heart month, an opportunity love yourself, too. Heart disease is the most common cause of death in the United States, and people aged 65 and older are at especially high risk. In men and women between ages 60 and 79, roughly 70 percent are estimated to have heart disease. Fortunately, you can help prevent disease by engaging in these simple activities to celebrate American Heart Month.
Walking is one of the most natural forms of exercise, and it’s something that almost anyone can do anywhere. It places minimal strain on the joints, presents few risks and generally doesn’t require special equipment. Furthermore, it’s a great for the heart. Research has shown that walking can help not only reduce your blood pressure, but also your cholesterol levels. In addition, walking is has also been associated in reduced atherosclerotic plaques and body fat, both of which are major contributing factors in heart disease.
Swimming can consist of either actual swimming or water aerobics, but both can be highly beneficial for seniors. The weightlessness of the water makes it a no-impact exercise that doesn’t aggravate your joints. In addition, the water provides just enough resistance to increase your heart rate, helping to improve your cardiac tone.
If you don’t have mobility issues or significant knee or hip problems, dancing can be an wonderful means of improving heart health. It provides prolonged, varied-intensity movement to support cardiac tone, blood circulation and weight control. However, the psychosocial aspects of dancing can also beneficial to the heart. Seniors who stay social have a lower overall risk of various chronic age-related illnesses, including heart disease.
If you’re a senior who is interested in better heart health, take this opportunity to celebrate American Heart Month. By incorporating these activities into your everyday life, you can enjoy a longer, healthier and more active life.
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