How to improve your heart health this spring
After a long and often sedentary winter where you’ve spent more time snuggled up on the couch than heading out and about, it’s time to get active and give your heart a healthy dose of TLC.
Physical activity is one of the proven ways to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. According to the BetterHealth channel, it’s recommended that you do 30-45 minutes of moderate activity on most, if not all, days of the week. By doing so, you will reduce your risk of a heart attack, lower your blood pressure, and improve your long-term health.
But if you lead a busy working life, it can be tricky to find the time to fit that 30-45 minutes into the schedule. This spring, we encourage you to try some of these tricks to ensure you start moving much more than you currently do.
- Find a ‘wellness’ partner – someone you work with who shares a similar goal of moving more each day. With someone by your side to hold you accountable to exercising more, and perhaps eating more heart-healthy foods, you’re much more likely to stick to your goals.
- Ditch Slack, Lync, email and phone in favour of face-to-face conversations. Not only does a walk down the hall or – even better – up some flights of stairs get you moving, but real facetime nurtures better relationships with your colleagues.
- Consider how you can add some exercise into your commute. Whether you jump off the train or tram early, or park a little further away, you can easily add some steps into your daily routine.
- Hold a ‘walking’ meeting. If you’re having a brainstorming session with a colleague, why not brainstorm while you do a lap of the local park? Getting the blood flowing might just trigger that brilliant idea you’ve been looking for.
- Add ‘exercise’ (or whatever you want to call it) to your calendar and block it out. Then no-one else can book this time – use it to go to the gym, go for a swim or get active.
- Join a sports team. Whether it’s netball, basketball, touch rugby, soccer – or even a local running club. By committing to a team, then you’re much more likely to turn up each week.
- Get out in the garden. Gardening can be great physical exercise, particularly when you’re moving barrows of mulch or digging up a garden bed!
- Spring clean. From window cleaning to scrubbing floors, there are endless ways you can boost your heart rate while ticking jobs off the to-do list at the same time.