Valentine's Day is next week. Why not practice flexing your love muscle this weekend!?
Of course, I am speaking of your heart muscle.
Why is it important to flex your hear muscle?
The CDC reports the #1 leading cause of death is heart disease (#5 is stroke).
We all know being active is a way to reduce our risk of many diseases.
To lower your risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke, The American Heart Association has the recommendation of 30 minutes of activity per day for 5 days per week.
You don't have a lot of discretionary time? No problem! If intensity is the same your body doesn't differentiate between 3 brisk walks of 10 minutes or a 30 minute brisk walk. So break it up however you need to.
Take into consideration where you are starting. You don't have to start by running or jogging. You can start by walking or just consciously increasing your daily steps. And you can track your steps with a pedometer (most smart phones have one built in).
Now I am not saying you need to go to a gym and hop on the hamster wheel. That sounds boring to me. And I'm not preaching that you need to go run a marathon either. That's sounds more work than fun (to me).
But if at all possible, go do something fun this weekend. Depending on your location you could bike, hike, ski, snow sled, play a pick up game. The closer that activity is to what you deem is fun.. the more likely you are to do it.
Don't forget about the kiddos!
If you can spend 60 minutes playing with (a/some) kid(s) great things happen.
My 2 favorite are:
1) If you let them, they'll teach you how to play again.. how to have fun again.
2) If you wear them out, they will sleep/nap amazingly!
Provided it doesn't rain, I am going to play with some kettlebells on the beach Saturday & walk a 1K with my son on Sunday. What will you do?
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