Home-Based Heart Health Helpers

Whether you’re working on-site and relaxing after a long day at work, or find yourself working at home, there’s a decent possibility that you haven’t been as physically active as usual of late.  Often times it’s just easier to kick off your shoes, grab the remote and relax at the end of the day. While this may help you unwind, it’s not doing any favors for your heart. In fact, if you’re like most Americans, it’s complicating an already sedentary lifestyle and increasing the risk for lots of health problems, including heart disease.

So tonight, instead of snuggling into the couch to catch your favorite shows, try incorporating some physical activity into your evening routine.

•Take an after-dinner walk.
•Sit on the floor and stretch during your favorite prime time shows.
•Set a goal to do 100 jumping jacks, 25 push ups, 25 lunges, and 50 sit-ups.
•Dust off the X-box or Wii for 30 minutes of dancing, bowling, tennis, guitar hero, or another other interactive game.
•Play Twister or charades with your family.
•Do squats while you brush your teeth.

The neat thing is that heart healthy exercise doesn’t have to be “work”. It comes in all shapes and sizes, and can even be done from the comfort of your living room. Remember to check in with your physician before you begin any type of exercise regimen.

Then … get off that couch!

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