The American Heart Association's Heart Walk is coming up on September 21. Even if you can't get out, doctors have everyday tips for helping you maintain a healthy heart.
St. Vincent Healthcare's Dr. Kathleen Baskett says remaining physically active is key. It doesn't necessarily mean going to the gym every day. It could be something as simple as raking leaves, dancing, or mowing the lawn.
"If you choose something to do for exercise and you really don't like it, you're not going to continue to do it," said Dr. Baskett, St. Vincent Healthcare's director of the Weight Management Clinic. "So the thing is to find something that you enjoy so you will look forward to doing the activity and hopefully it can even be something long term."
Dr. Baskett says eating healthy is just as necessary as physical activity; otherwise, it could still lead to diabetes or heart disease.
But most importantly, people should keep to a healthy lifestyle for a healthy heart. Doctors say it takes about 18 months for habits to stick.