Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in America. One out of every four deaths is caused by heart disease. In fact, an average of 720,000 Americans have a heart attack every year. Research has shown that by eliminating cardiovascular risk factors, such as diabetes, obesity, poor diet, physical inactivity and excessive alcohol use, before the age of 50 can reduce the risk of heart disease or stroke to as low as 5-8 percent.
One way the American Heart Association aims to promote this practice is through their signature fundraising event, the Heart and Stroke Walk. During this event, people join as teams to raise funds and awareness about heart health. It encourages the implementation of fun physical activity to strengthen participants’ hearts and reduce their risk of heart-related issues.
At Airrosti, we are advocates for a healthy, active lifestyle. We’ve decided to support this great cause by forming our own team and taking part in the San Antonio event. We’re aiming to raise $10,000 for the San Antonio Heart Walk on October 25, 2014.
Click here to find information about Airrosti’s team and donate.
Tips for Getting Active
There are many ways to sneak in some physical activity into your daily life. No matter if you’re at home, work, or just wanting to have fun, there are little things you can do to reduce your chances of heart disease.
- Do some house or yard work instead of paying someone else to do it. You’ll save money and get your heart pumping.
- Take your dog for a walk. Your dog and your heart will thank you.
- Before breakfast or dinner, take a brisk walk. Start by doing just five or ten minutes and work your way up to half an hour.
- Instead of sitting in a boring board room, brainstorm with your coworkers during walking meetings.
- Instead of suffering through awkward silences in the elevator, take the stairs to sneak in some cardio.
- Minimize your sitting time by investing in a stand up desk. It keeps your body active and engaged throughout the day.
- Opt for fun outdoor activities with your family on the weekends. Go to the park, go for a hike, or take a swim.
- Dance! Dance by yourself or with a partner. Let the music move you while you get your blood flowing.
- Join a recreational sport club. It’s not only a great way to meet new friends, but it can also lower your risk of heart attack.
Ease into Activity to Avoid Injury
As with any new exercise regimen, it’s important to start slowly to avoid pains, strains, or pulls. At Airrosti, we equip our patients with the knowledge, stretches, and tools to avoid pain. Tools like the foam roller and lacrosse ball are used during recovery to properly relieve any adhesions that may form on the fascia during the start of a new exercise program. Proper stretching before and after activity is also important to keep muscles limber and loose to lower the risk of strains or sprains.
If chronic pains have been keeping you from the active lifestyle you want, contact Airrosti to schedule an appointment with a provider near you. Our providers will pinpoint the underlying cause of your pain and correct it quickly so that you can increase your activity and lower your risk of heart disease.