I (Heart) Walking
February is American Heart Month, and Valentine's Day is a great time to start taking steps to improve your own heart health and encourage loved ones to improve theirs.
Make a date with your heart this Valentine. February is American Heart Month, and Valentine’s Day is a great time to start taking steps to improve your own heart health and encourage loved ones to improve theirs.
According to the American Heart Association, every year, about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack. And about 600,000 people die from heart disease in the United States annually—that’s 1 out of every 4 deaths. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.
But don’t be alarmed—heart disease is preventable and controllable. You can start by just taking a walk.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend that U.S. adults get at least 2.5 hours (150 minutes) of aerobic physical activity per week. This should be at a moderate level, such as a fast-paced walk, for no less than 10 minutes at a time. Of course, if you go beyond the minimum required amount, you’ll gain even more health benefits.
Check out the CDC website for tips for a healthy heart all year long.
Right here in Arlington, there are plenty of opportunities to shake a leg in the coming weeks, from the Mardi Gras Parade in Clarendon on February 17 to the Feel the Heritage Festival in Nauck on February 28. Check out the rest of WalkArlington for tips on pedestrian safety, suggestions on walking routes, and a listing of walking events to put on your calendar!
Then lace up your walking shoes and get out there, Valentine!