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The Easiest Way to Improve Heart Health

By Stepy Kamei

We are all constantly on the lookout for new and helpful ways to improve the health of our hearts. Most of us know the importance of getting enough exercise when it comes to improving our heart health. If you're not exactly prone to jumping into rigorous hours-long cardio sessions at the gym, you may worried about achieving cardiovascular wellness. Most health experts agree that it's perfectly alright to start small and work your way up to a more rigorous exercise routine. In the meantime, there is one very simple habit you can start today to improve many aspects of your overall well-being, including heart health: walking.

It's no secret that heart disease is one of the most dangerous health ailments facing Americans today. Placing heart health as a priority in one's everyday lifestyle simply makes sense. However, it can be intimidating to determine exactly how to go about this. 

The Many Heart-Healthy Benefits of a Walk

You may be surprised to find out just how beneficial a seemingly simple walk can be in terms of bettering your overall heart health. It's important to know that walking is a form of what's known by fitness experts as a low-impact exercise. This type of exercise is not meant to be strenuous, but rather it's meant to gradually increase a person's tolerance for movement and exercise overall. Furthermore, walking is an activity which encourages circulation, therefore boosting heart activity. However, you can control the pace and speed at which you walk, as well as whether you choose to walk up or down any inclines. Having this amount of control over your exercise can help you ease into a heart-healthy activity safely and effectively.

To get started, you may initially just go for a walk around your block. As you start to feel more comfortable and able, you can continue to increase the length and speed of your walks in incremental stages.

Further Benefits of Walking

In addition to walking's many heart-healthy benefits, studies have shown it can help improve concentration and memory, improve circulation throughout the body, regulate the digestive system, boost mood, and even fight back against degenerative brain diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer's.

People who make a regular habit out of walking tend to experience lower levels of depression, anxiety, weight gain, diabetes, and insomnia. Simply put, going for a walk on a regular basis can provide a huge amount of benefits for both your physical and mental well-being.

As always, be sure to consult with your healthcare provider for further advice on how you can improve your heart health, as well as other ways in which you can boost your overall health and well-being.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Shreveport, La. 

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