STEP 5 Enjoy Regular Exercise If you think aging has to mean growing more sedentary or becoming disabled and useless, think again. No matter what your age, you can continue to enjoy going out, making new friends, singing and dancing, gardening, and many other ways of staying active and having fun. Regular physical activity can help you feel better, stay healthier, and perform tasks better at any age. Staying physically active can lower your blood pressure and your LDL “bad” cholesterol level. It can raise your HDL “good” cholesterol level and lower your triglycerides. It helps keep blood sugar under control to prevent the serious complications of diabetes. Exercise is also crucial if you need to lose weight, and it’s a wonderful way to help keep stress from overpowering you. Every little bit of exercise helps a little bit. So, resist the temptation to take the escalator instead of the stairs, or to park right next to your doorway. Resist the temptation to ride in a wheelchair if you can manage without it. 28 Exercise Daily To help make regular exercise a lifelong habit, consider exercising with a family member or a friend. You might like to talk with your friends while walking around the neighborhood together. Maybe you could start an exercise group at your place of worship. Or maybe you have a dog to walk. Even if you don’t have an exercise partner; there are a lot of ways to make physical activity a part of your everyday life. Consider adding some of these activities to your daily routine. See how many of these activities you would check as they appeal to you. ✔✔ Get off the bus one or two stops early so that you end up walking farther. ✔✔ Park at the far end of the parking lot, or park a few blocks away from your destination and walk. ✔✔ Use the stairs instead of the elevator. ✔✔ Get up 15 minutes earlier in the morning and stretch. ✔✔ Work out along with an exercise video. ✔✔ Play your favorite dance music. Do the steps you know and enjoy, and add some new moves. ✔✔ Play tag or other active games with your grandchildren. ✔✔ Ride a stationary bike while watching TV. ✔✔ Keep a pair of walking shoes at your office, and take walks during lunch or breaks, either on your own or with a coworker.
P750-A 7 Steps to a Healthy Heart
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