The HEARTLAND Prescription for your health

Your PrescriptionGetting up and moving your body is good medicine - for everyone.  You don’t need to join a gym or health club or buy expensive equipment, simply going out for a walk is all you need to do.  Sit less, move more, it all counts.  You can choose any activity you want and do it when you want.

Everyone can benefit from physical activity. Consult your doctor first if you have any health concerns or are just starting. You will want to get up to at least 150 minutes a week (for example, 30 minutes for five days a week). More is better. If you are not physically active now, start slowly and gradually increase time and effort. Think of an effort level that causes your heart and breathing rates to rise above normal resting levels. Set a realistic goal for yourself and teaming up with a friend are great ways to get started and stick with your new active lifestyle.

By being more active you will feel, look, and be better. You will reduce your chances of suffering heart disease, certain cancers and diabetes. You will push back the signs of aging, your body will work for you, you will be able to do more things. That’s what we mean by “MORE Life in your years.” Physical activity also helps in coping with stress and dealing with depression. There is growing evidence that active children do better in school.

Physical activity - good medicine for everyone!