Contributed by Ryan Peterson.
We know that we have to take care of our hearts. Doing everything we can to eat well, lower our cholesterol, eat a balanced diet, and work out. One of the most beneficial things you can do for your health is to strengthen your heart.
And, as you may be aware, fitness is the most effective approach. In fact, if you are sedentary and do not exercise, you’re twice as likely to develop heart disease compared to someone physically active.
Once we have been successfully taking care of our own heart health for years, it doesn’t hurt to pass what you’ve learned on to others.
The fitness industry is one of the fastest-growing, and while there is money to be made here, it’s also putting the spotlight on people who are trying to do better.
Before you start running heart-healthy groups, it is a good idea to invest in group fitness certification online – so you are following best practices.
Below are some steps you can take to to encourage the people you know, and maybe some you don’t, to take care of their hearts.
Walking groups are one of the most enjoyable and lightest ways to tackle heart health. It doesn’t just promote heart healthy but mental well-being as well since it helps people get out of the house and spending time with others.
You can arrange weekly local walks and create new routes each time.
Just remind the group that it is a good idea to wear shoes that are designed for walking so they are supportive.
As the group’s health increases, it can be a good idea to increase the duration or the distance of the walk.
Read more: Walking for Heart Health Benefits.
Everyone knows how to make a salad, but not everyone knows how to make a salad well. And a salad isn’t the only food that can have a significant impact on heart health.
If you have a community center nearby, it can be a great idea to run cheap and basic cooking classes to teach people how to cook nutritious and heart-healthy foods.
Cooking classes are an excellent opportunity to meet new people and learn a lot about other cultures and flavors. You can travel around the world sampling the most delicious healthy foods there are.
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Cycling is relaxing and enjoyable – and all you really need is a bike. Not all cities are equipped to handle cyclists, but most cities do have enjoyable routes. If you live in a densely populated city, it can be a good idea for your biking club to head outside of city limits to cycle so there is a reduced chance for traffic issues.
Put an advert in the local paper looking for other people who want to get more active. Getting others active has the added benefit of ensuring you continue with your fitness routine.
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