This American Heart Month (February), and throughout the year, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is encouraging people across the country to reduce their risk factors for heart disease. A healthy lifestyle — physical activity, healthy eating and weight, and not smoking — can substantially lower the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Only about 20 percent of adults meet the federal government’s physical activity guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities. Spending just 2 1/2 hours per week doing physical activity that gets your heart pumping and leaves you a little breathless can add up to significant health benefits, including lowering your blood pressure. Take the stairs, park farther away, jump rope, go for a brisk walk, or just dance!
Join the NHLBI in a national pledge to #MoveWithHeart this American Heart Month by recording a video of yourself saying “I pledge to move more for my heart health.” Get creative by demonstrating your favorite physical activity. Challenge your friends on social media to join you. Share on Twitter or Instagram using #MoveWithHeart.
Watch https://wellnessatnih.nih.gov/ for updates on more fun, heart-healthy activities at NIH campuses!