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Heart Health

Physical activity prolongs your optimal health. Without regular physical activity the body loses it's strength, stamina and ability to function well. For each hour of regular exercise you get you'll gain about two hours of additional life expectancy, even if you don't start until middle age.

The benefits are bountiful:

-Improves blood circulation, which reduces the risk of heart disease

-Keeps weight under control

-Helps in the battle to quit smoking

-Prevents and manages high blood pressure

-Prevents bone loss

-Boosts energy levels

-Helps manage stress

-Releases tension

-Promotes enthusiasm and optimism

-Counters anxiety and depression

-Helps you fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly

-Improves self-image

-Increases muscle strength, increasing the ability to do other physical activities

-Provides a way to share an activity with family and friends

-Reduces coronary artery disease in women thirty to forty percent

-Reduces risk of stroke by twenty percent in moderately active people and by twenty seven percent in highly active ones

-Establishes good heart-healthy habits in children and counters the conditions (obesity,high blood pressure, poor cholesterol levels, poor lifestyle habits, etc) that lead to heart attack and stroke later in life

-Helps delay or prevent chronic illnesses and diseases associated with aging and maintains quality of life and independence longer for seniors

Source: The American Heart Association

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