Fact: America has a heart problem
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States (causing 1 of every 4 deaths).
- Every year about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack.
- 67 million American adults (31%) have high blood pressure—that’s 1 in every 3 American adults.
- Having high blood pressure puts you at risk for heart disease and stroke.
Fact: Movement is medicine – Exercise benefits the heart
- Reduces risk of heart disease
- Lowers risk of heart attack
- Increases heart strength
- Reduces resting heart rate
- Helps prevent high blood pressure
- Helps reduce high blood pressure
- Reduces dangerous heart rhythms
According to the American Heart Association, by exercising for as little of 30 minutes per day you can reduce your risk for heart disease. In fact, studies show that for every hour of walking, you can increase your life expectancy by 2 hours.
Start with a goal and commit to it regularly.
Need help? Check out the Consistency Club, a national community that educates, supports and rewards members to move 100 or more miles per month.
References: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The American Heart Association