Healthy Heart Tips: Move Like An OlympianHeart Research UK Healthy Heart Tip, written by Dr Helen Flaherty, Head of Health Promotion at Heart Research UK
The 2021 Summer Olympics is an international multi-sport event, which will be held from 23 July to 8 August 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.
Whether you participate in sports already, or if you are looking to increase your physical activity levels, here are some healthy heart tips to keep you motivated on the road to Tokyo!
Aerobic activity is the best type of exercise to keep your heart healthy, this is because your body requires more oxygen causing your heart and lungs to work harder. Aerobic exercise combines stretching and strength with rhythmic movement, involving large muscle groups such as shoulders, arms, and legs.
Popular aerobic Olympic sports include cycling, swimming and rowing. Some other aerobic exercises, which you can try at home, include walking up and down the stairs, dancing and skipping.
You are probably familiar with the recommendation to take 10,000 steps every day. In the UK, the average person completes just 3,000 to 4,000 steps per day. Why not increase your daily step count by taking on the Heart Research UK Step Challenge. This challenge involves walking 10,000 steps per day over four weeks. https://heartresearch.org.uk/challenge/step-challenge/
Look for opportunities to increase your step count every day. For example, you could try parking further away from the supermarket or opting for the stairs over the lift, and you will be on the path to improving your physical health.
Some benefits of taking on this challenge:
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Increases physical activity levels
Helps to manage weight
Strengthens your bones and builds muscle
Lowers blood pressure
Has the Olympics inspired you to get involved in any sports or activities? If so, why not check out what activities or sports clubs are available in your local area. You could either get in touch with your local club or check out BBC Sports Get Inspired web page. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/get-inspired/45353880
No matter what your fitness levels, there is a sport or activity out there for you!
Heart Research UK
Proud to stand out from the crowd, Heart Research UK is the charity dedicated to your heart. They inspire and invest in pioneering medical research, ground-breaking training and education, and in communities to improve their heart health for themselves. For over 50 years they have driven advancements in the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease to benefit patients as soon as possible.
For more healthy tips, recipes and advice, visit heartresearch.org.uk