ARE YOU HEART SMART

Test how much you know about how physical activity affects your heart. The following statements are either true or false. Decide what you think, then compare your responses with the answers given below

  • Regular physical activity can reduce your chances of getting heart diseases

Heart disease is almost twice as likely to develop ion inactive people, so this is true. Being physically inactive is a risk factor for heart disease along with cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and being overweight. The more risk factors you have, the greater your chance of getting heart disease. Regular physical activity(even mild to moderate exercise) can reduce this risk. (more…)

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Assess your weight and fitness level


EVALUATING YOUR CURRENT LEVEL of fitness is the first step in finding an exercise programme that is right for you. If you are a seasoned runner, joining the local rambling club is unlikely to challenge you. If  you haven’t exercised in 10 years, deciding to train for a triathlon in 2 months will surely result in injury. Once you are aware of your capabilities and limits,  you are more likely to find something you will stick to and you are less likely to be hurt. (more…)

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