Exercise and Heart Health

Friday, June 06, 2014

You can keep your heart healthy and your weight down with regular exercise. Dr. Edward Hill takes a look at exercise and heart health in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Becomingor stayingactive is crucial to long-term heart health. A regular exercise program helps to decrease your resting heart rate and boost good cholesterol, both factors that can help you live longer.

Experts dont recommend that couch potatoes jump up and start running marathons. But small changes in exercise, akin to eating an apple instead of chips, can have a big impact on cardiac wellness. The American Heart Association estimates that for every hour you spend walking you can increase your life expectancy by two hours.

The AHA recommends 30 minutes of exercise a day and specifically recommends starting with walking because its easy to do, inexpensive and available everywhere with no gear required. For simple ways to add walking to your everyday routine, take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator, mow your own lawn and work in the garden rather than hiring a service and even walk a few laps around the living room while watching television.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.