Exercise: The Key to a Healthy Heart

Truckloads of research studies prove that exercise improves health, longevity, and quality of life. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College of Sports Medicine (CDC/ACSM) recommend that adults accumulate at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on five or more days per week or a minimum of 20 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise 3 days of the week. That’s for ALL adults, not just those who feel like it! Kids, too, should exercise. CDC/ACSM recommends 60 minutes of daily activity for children.

The benefits of exercise are overwhelming. For example, regular aerobic exercise improves heart and lung function. Keeping vital passageways to the heart and brain open and viable is paramount. Exercise keeps the mind alert and the eyes able to see. People who exercise regularly fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. They spend less time at the doctor’s office and burn more calories while they sit. Exercisers enjoy lower blood pressure readings, lower blood cholesterol levels, and lower heart rates. They tend to live longer than those who don’t exercise, and they have fun doing it!   

If you’re not sure how to start an exercise program the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Fitness Center at Southampton Hospital is here to help.  Our programs are led by certified and caring staff members who specialize in exercise training for people with heart disease or anyone who wants to reduce their risk of heart disease.   

If you have a goal we will help you get there! Call (631) 726-8620 for more information.  

Healthy individuals can benefit from fitness classes and nutritional counseling at The Ed & Phyllis DavisWellness Institute. Call (631) 726-8800 for more information or visit www.hamptonswellnessinstitute.com.