Heart Health

Activities you can do from home to improve heart health.

Length: 7 minutes

Join certified fitness leader Caroline MacLennan as she guides you through a short workout routine to improve your heart health. The exercises focus on multiple parts of the body and modifications are available to increase the intensity of the workout. The video ends with a short cooldown section to bring the heart rate down. Equipment needed: sturdy chair.

Length: Choose from workouts ranging from 15 to 25 minutes.

This series of exercise videos for older adults is from YMCA Canada. The videos include exercises that can be done at home to increase strength, mobility, and balance. The videos offer seated or standing options for a total body workout suitable for different ability levels. Bonus: follow along with Choose to Move activity coach Melissa in videos 8, 10 and 11. Equipment needed: sturdy chair, two equally weighted items (soup cans, water bottles, etc.).

Length: Choose workouts ranging from 10 to 60 minutes

This series of videos for older adults from the National Institute on Aging. The videos include exercises to increase strength, mobility, and balance at home. The videos include instructions to modify for different ability levels. Equipment needed: items from your home (sturdy chair with arms, a towel, two equally weighted items – soup cans, water bottles, etc.

Approx. 20 minutes each

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy has created a series of short videos with guided visuals and instructions to help strengthen the muscles in the lower body and legs for maintaining balance and mobility. Duration: Choose from videos ranging from 19 seconds to 38 seconds. Equipment needed: sturdy chair without arms, wall or sturdy countertop

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Healthline has created a simple weekly exercise program along with some suggested exercises to try out at home. Equipment needed: chair without arms, wall, mat  

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Walking

Walking reduces fatigue, increases energy, and strengthens bones and muscles. Walking also offers an opportunity for relaxation and meditation to reduce stress. The resources below show you how you can integrate walking into your daily life, how you can keep track of your walking activity using a walking log, and includes some helpful tips for regular walking including appropriate posture and footwear.

Fitness: Walking for Wellness

This information page from HealthLink BC provides you with information about the benefits of walking to improve overall health and includes tips on how to incorporate walking into your daily routine.

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This printable walking log from HealthLink BC helps you track your progress and to set goals to incorporate more walking and activity into your daily routine.

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This information page from BC Podiatrists provides you with information about the benefits of walking to improve overall health and includes tips on managing feet health.

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