Regular exercise has health impacts well beyond heart health, says UI Heart and Vascular Center cardiologist Georgios Christodoulidis, MD. The key, though, is making time to get it done.
“Regular exercise is of utmost importance for our cardiovascular health,” he says. “Among other benefits, exercise helps us in maintaining our ideal weight and controlling diabetes and blood pressure.
However, finding time in our busy, everyday schedule can be challenging. Trying to exercise ‘whenever I have time’ rarely works; try to schedule an hour of exercise at least three days each week.”
Christodoulidis tries to make it to the gym three times – twice on weekends and once during the week.
“As far as the other ‘non-exercise’ days, try to stick to the rule of 10,000 steps per day. A smart watch, pedometer, or an app on your phone can give you a relatively good estimation of your steps.”
Park the furthest away possible in the parking lot at your work (or walk to work if your job is relatively close) and use the stairs instead of the elevators.