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OPINION
I’D LIKE TO IMPROVE MY
HEART HEALTH, BUT AM
WORRIED I DON’T HAVE THE
MOTIVATION TO JOIN A GYM
OR MAKE BIG DIET CHANGES.
ANY ADVICE?
It’s great that you want to
improve your heart health.
Don’t think that you have
to make big changes to
have an effect on your
heart health, though. Even
small, basic steps can have
dramatic effects.
Answers from Martha Grogan, M.D.
One of the biggest drops in heart
disease risk occurs when you go from
a sedentary lifestyle to being active as
little as one hour a week. That’s right,
just one hour. Obviously, the more
active you are, the better. But just one
solid hour of activity over the course of
a week makes a difference.
Health professionals at Mayo Clinic
have developed the Mayo Clinic
Healthy Heart Plan. The entire plan
is contained in the book Mayo Clinic
Healthy Heart for Life! A Plan for
Preventing and Conquering Heart
Disease. But one of the key messages
in the plan is that even little steps may
make a big difference. Some of these
steps for getting started are in a two-
week “Quick Start” section of the book
termed Eat 5, Move 10, Sleep 8.
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