Take A Walk To Celebrate American Heart Month

Hopefully the Olympics has inspired you to become more physically active. The staff at Columbia Physical Therapy challenges you to start walking even if it is for only a 10 minute walk. If you start slowly and try to build gradually, you’ll find yourself feeling better and better in no time. Heart disease and atherosclerosis can be reduced by simply walking briskly 30 minutes a day. If you have been sedentary for a long time, are overweight or have a high risk of heart disease, schedule a physical with your physician and discuss the plan of starting a physically active program. Although heart disease is one of our nation’s most costly and widespread health problems, it is among the most preventable. Although heart disease is sometimes thought of as a “man’s disease,” it is the leading cause of death for both women and men in the United States, and women account for nearly 50% of heart disease deaths. To help people improve their heart health, the American Heart Association has developed a new online resource – My Life Check. You can go to this website to learn how to achieve the seven goals of reaching a healthy heart life style: www.heart.org/MyLifeCheck.

The research statistics do not lie. We can reduce the risk of diabetes (Type 2) by 58% in persons at high risk by simply walking 30 minutes a day. Daily walking of 30 minutes for 12 weeks has been shown to lower overall body weight and decrease percent body fat. Reduce risk of Stroke by 24% by walking 2.5 hours per week as compared to non-exercisers. Further reduce the risk of Stroke by 46% walking 5 hours per week as compared to non-exercisers. Columbia Physical Therapy joins the American Heart Association in encouraging our neighbors to become responsible for reducing the risk of heart disease in our community. Take a walk today and everyday!