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Thin People Need Exercise for Heart Health Too

March 3, 2015


No matter how thin you are, exercise is important for your heart health. Although the number on the scale may be within a healthy weight range, this doesn't mean other areas of your body, such as your heart, are also healthy.

Physical inactivity (not just obesity) is a risk factor for heart disease or stroke. In 2009, the Public Health of Canada reported that 90% of Canadians over the age of 20 have at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease. If the lack of regular exercise applies to you, then start a workout regimen today! Finding the perfect routine for you may take some experimenting, particularly if you're new to the exercise world.

“I Don't Have Enough Time!”

A common reason people don't exercise consistently is because they "don't have enough time." The world IS hectic and demanding of our attention, but the reality is you always have time for your top priorities.

One simple way to get started exercising now is to schedule 5 minutes of exercise (excluding the time it takes to stretch) each day. Few people can argue they don't have 5 minutes per day to dedicate to working out.

By committing to a smaller time frame, you can easily build the habit of exercising routinely. Plus, you’re likely to get into the groove and go well beyond your 5 minute allotment.


"But Exercise Is Boring!"

Many people hate the thought of hitting the gym or jogging through the neighborhood. Exercise is a boring and dreadful experience to them, because they haven't taken the time to explore all the nuances.

For example, dancing is one form of exercise that most would enjoy doing. You get to learn cool dance moves to show off at parties or at the club or even in your car! Well, maybe just some arm waves and chest pops at red lights. If you can't afford to take dance lessons or sign up for a dance group, then you can find thousands of free dance exercise videos online.

Solution: Turn the Ordinary into Exercise
Another great tip for people who lead busy lives is to use ordinary everyday tasks such as brushing your teeth and going to the grocery store as exercise. For example, while brushing your teeth, you can crank out a few deep squats for toning those glutes and thighs.

As for going to the grocery store, you can give up on fighting for a parking spot close to the store in order to walk just a little more. These little things do add up over time. And let's face it, the time spent trying to find a parking spot close to the door is probably the time it took you to walk the extra distance anyway.

People of all age groups and weights need to exercise to protect the health of their hearts. Set aside a small amount of time for working out in the beginning and then gradually increase the time scheduled for exercise.

Try out different activities, such as kickboxing, dancing, and martial arts until you find what you enjoy. If you dig deep enough, you might find something you've never heard of before and love it. Lastly, you can sneak in a bit of heart healthy exercise throughout your regular activities and simple daily tasks.

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