What Causes Heart Disease? South Denver Cardiology Discusses Staying Active Over the Holidays
What causes heart disease? Most of us know that a sedentary lifestyle and an abundance of fat-rich foods is bad news for our hearts. However, staying away from these bad habits is easier said than done, especially around the holidays. Decadent food like butter-laden cookies and high calorie nightcaps are all around, and winter weather surely isn’t kind to joggers.
Despite these less-than-ideal circumstances, staying fit over the holidays is both possible and necessary! You’ll feel better for it, and staying active is a great way to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. Even just an hour a week of vigorous exercise or two and a half hours of moderate activity can reduce your risk of coronary heart disease by as much as 30%!
Here are some tips to stay active this winter:
- Take the stairs: This is a great way to be active without having to brave the arctic chill outside. If you work in an office building, take the stairs instead of the elevator. Just doing a few flights several times a day can make a big difference!
- Gift a friend—and yourself!—a fitness class: Working out is easier and more fun with a little support. For the holidays, sign yourself and a friend up for a workout class. Whether its spin, yoga, or a dance fitness class, you might find an exercise you love! Plus, you’ll be committing to at least a weekly workout, and it could set the stage for embracing regular exercise.
- TV Fitness: It may be tempting to just curl up in front of the TV when it’s cold out, but you can use this time for exercise as well! Do squats, push-ups, or crunches during commercials or callisthenic exercises to elevate your heart rate. Doing this every night while watching TV can really help! Also, you can swap just one show a week for a half-hour or hour long workout video and be on your way to meeting your weekly activity goal!
- Gift ideas: Pack your wish list this year with requests for things like a gym membership, free weights, a yoga mat, or new exercise clothes. Getting new gear can inspire you to use it and stay in shape!
- Set a smart phone reminder: Skip “penciling in” time for the gym and put that reminder straight into your phone. Setting aside time for just one or two exercise sessions a week can help keep fitness top of mind.
The holidays sure are fun, but your waistline and more importantly your heart health can take a hit with all that indoor celebrating. Use these tips to make this winter a fit one, and help reduce your risk for heart disease.
How to Use This Information:
To learn more about improving your cardiovascular health through exercise, schedule an appointment with South Denver Cardiology today to discuss your heart health. To schedule an appointment, call us at 303-744-1065, or visit our website here.
As with any health concerns, your specific treatment program should be discussed thoroughly with your primary care physician as well as any specialists who may need to be consulted – like a cardiologist.Sign Up