Lead by example for a healthier heart

(BPT) - Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women,i and the total numbers of deaths from heart disease are rising.ii Cardiovascular risk tends to accumulate over time — the roots of which can often be traced to lifestyle choices made in early adulthood.iii You can help change this trend by prioritizing and role modeling healthy behaviors for yourself and the people around you, including your family and friends.

It is important for adults to have an active lifestyle. The American Heart Association recommends being physically active every day.iv However, even if you’re inactive now, you should start out slow — even a few minutes at a time may offer some health benefits. Exercise not only helps control weight, but also strengthens the bones and heart.v Consider including your family or friends in your physical activities. Please check with your doctor before starting or changing any exercise regimen.