How to get your exercise routine back on track
(NC) With cooler temperatures around the corner, there's no time like the present to revive your exercise routine. Being physically active is not only beneficial to your overall well-being; it can also help reduce your risk of serious health conditions, like atrial fibrillation (AF).
AF is an irregular heartbeat that mainly affects people 55 years and older and increases their risk of stroke by three to five times. Because symptoms can go unnoticed, it is important that you take action to reduce your risk. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is one important step you can take, according to research.
Here are three simple tips to keep your exercise routine on track this fall:
Be committed: Put time into your calendar and commit to working out. The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines recommend you achieve 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity each week, in stretches of 10 minutes or more. Exercises can include walking, skiing, jogging or interval training.
Pace Yourself and Stay Committed: Start off slow and at your own fitness level. Also, think about joining a fitness group or using a “buddy system” to stay motivated.
Do what you love: Find an activity that you love. If you love to play hockey, join a team and get active a few days a week. Also, enlist a friend or loved one to exercise with. You can motivate each other and hold each other accountable for your goals.
Before starting any physical activity, speak with your doctor. To learn more about AF and stroke, visit StrokeAndAF.ca.
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