Heart Health Tips: Exercise Introduction

Heart Health Tips: Exercise Introduction


Congratulations! You have opened
this video and I hope it means that you are thinking
about exercising regularly. This is great as exercise
can help you to increase your energy
and manage your stress. It is also one of
the best ways to prevent disease or manage risk factors
for numerous health conditions including heart disease. In this video we will review some basic
guide lines for exercise. First, let’s talk about the
different components of fitness. A well balanced exercise program
will include aerobic exercise, stretching and strengthening. These last two components
will be explained further in other videos. For now we will focus
on aerobic exercise. Aerobic means
using oxygen for energy. Aerobic exercise includes
activities which use the large muscle groups,
increase your heart rate for a period of time
and are continuous in nature. Examples include brisk
walking, cycling and swimming. At the university
of Ottawa heart institute, we recommend 200 to 400 minutes
of aerobic exercise per week. This means aiming for
30 to 60 minutes of exercise on most days of the week. Especially if
you are just starting out, you should be working
at a moderate intensity. Again, we have other videos
to help you gage this intensity. When you
are planning to exercise, please consider
the following tips. Make it convenient, you are
more likely to be successful if you choose a place to
exercise that is easy to access and it fits well
into your routine. Make it safe, both in terms
of where you are exercising and the difficulty
of your workout. Build up the duration first, then increase
the intensity gradually. Last and most
importantly, make it fun. Find an activity that
you enjoy and involve the people that are close to you. Your spouse, your sibling,
your colleague or neighbour. Still need
some ideas for exercise? The next video
may help you to figure out what type of aerobic exercise
is the right one for you.