Improve your heart health this Heart Week 2018

Problems with the heart and circulatory system are the most common forms of serious illness in Australia.

As an expert provider of both acute and rehabilitation cardiac services, we want to join the Heart Foundation this National Heart Week 2018 in raising awareness about the importance of physical activity in reducing the prevalence and impact of risk factors for heart disease.

Australia is an inactive nation with more than half of our community not meeting the minimum daily physical activity requirements. Heart Week is a great opportunity to take stock of how much physical activity we do a day and to think about ways to build in 30 minutes a day – with the aim of reaching 60 minutes of physical activity in time.

At least 30 minutes of physical activity a day can reduce your risk of heart disease by 35 per cent. Physical activity also helps with:

  • managing high blood pressure, high cholesterol and weight issues such as being overweight or obese
  • reducing the risk of clinical depression and anxiety and helps with managing symptoms
  • reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes by 30 per cent. reducing the risk of bowel cancer, breast cancer and cancers of the bladder, endometrium, oesophagus, kidney, lung and stomach
  • lowering the risk of dementia later in life.

Regular physical activity is important at all ages and stages through life. You are never too young or old to benefit from being physically active. Great habits are started young.

Here are some simple strategies to get more active:​

  • Get moving with a physical activity buddy or join a group such as a Heart Foundation Walking Group.
  • Set your own goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, and realistic.
  • Make it part of your day by incorporating physical activity into your work, transport and social life. Choosing public transport or walking rather than using your car is a great place to start.
Find out more about Heart Week 29 April to 6 May 2018

Find out more about Epworth’s cardiac programs