Love and hearts often come to mind at the mention February. During this month in American culture, we traditionally celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14th. February is also American Heart Month. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States; one in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke, equal to 2,200 deaths per day.

This month at the Y we are highlighting ways to prevent heart disease and MOTIVATE you to get moving and empower everyone to make heart-healthy choices.

Being physically active is important to prevent heart disease and stroke, the nation’s #1 and #5 killers. We have compiled a list of 5 Things you can do to Get Moving prevent heart disease.

5 Things to Get You Moving

The American Heart Associate recommends thirty minutes a day of physical activity to reduce the chance of heart disease and improve your cardiovascular health. This can include a variety of activities that are included in your Y membership. 

1. Sign Up for a Personalized Wellness Plan at Member Services. This is a great way to review your goals and create a plan to get moving to create lasting change and live a healthy lifestyle. 

2. Go for a Walk! The simplest, positive change you can make to effectively improve your heart health is to start walking. It's enjoyable, free, easy, social and great exercise. A walking program is flexible and boasts high success rates because people can stick with it. It's easy for walking to become a regular and satisfying part of life.

3. Try a group fitness class at the Y! We offer classes for all levels! Try a beginning boxing series, or a cardio hip hop class or cycling. These are just a few options, figure out what you enjoy and get moving!

4. Go Dancing! Plan a night to dance in your living room or at your favorite local spot. Dancing is a great form of cardio that can get your heart rate up!

5. Bring a friend or loved one to the Y! Your health begins with you, but your family and community have a part in it as well. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices. Encourage your family and friends to attend the Y with you to receive the knowledge and resources to live a healthy life.