GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — It’s never too late to start working on your heart health. Even making small changes in your life can have big benefits down the road. Adults over 65 gain substantial health benefits from regular physical activity, and heart disease can often be prevented by making healthy choices and managing any health conditions.
One of the good health choices you can make is to be active for 30 minutes a day, five days a week. That means moderate-intensity aerobic activity. But how do you do stay active? Here are some options.
- Aerobic activities
- Walking, hiking, or dancing
- Swimming or water aerobics
- Jogging or aerobic exercise while seated in a chair (chair based yoga counts)
- Bike riding
- Yard work like raking or pushing a lawn mower
- Sports, like tennis, basketball, or even walking while playing golf.
- Muscle strengthening activities
- Strengthening exercise using exercise bands, weight machines, or hand weights
- Body weight exercises like push ups, pull ups, planks, squats, and lunges.
- Digging, lifting, and carrying while you garden
- Carrying groceries
Depending on your ability and level of fitness, these exercises can be relatively moderate or vigorous. Jessica Lincolnhol, a Fitness Specialist with Porter Hills Village showed us some.
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