Slow and Steady for the Heart

By: Porter Regional Hospital Last Updated: February 2, 2015

Porter-Slow-and-Steady-for-the-HeartFebruary is American Heart Month, a time for all of us to ask: What am I doing for my heart? Fortunately, you don’t have to run 10 miles a day to make a difference.

Researchers in California found that moderate-intensity walkers enjoyed similar cardiovascular benefits to vigorous-intensity runners. Both groups nearly equally reduced their risk for hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes. Try walking 20 minutes each day — 10 minutes at lunch and 10 after work. You might be surprised how easy it is to build a healthier heart.

Are you at risk for heart disease? Find a doctor at who can assess your heart health and develop an exercise plan that fits your goals.