wiitennis-exercise-heart-healthRegular exercise is a crucial part of achieving and maintaining a healthy heart. That doesn’t mean you have to go to the gym and work out on the machines, though. Any movement that gets your heart rate up and makes you breathe harder is exercise. Instead of spending boring hours on the treadmill, why not get your exercise with some of these fun and painless methods?

Jumping Rope

Don’t go for the speed jumping used by athletes in training. Find a handy child or two and teach them the jump rope songs from your youth. Get a group together and do some group jumping; even go with the “Double Dutch” if you’re really talented.


One of the trendiest ways to painlessly get your minimum 10,000 steps a day is housewalking. Get a pedometer or one of the new activity trackers and wear it from morning until night. Every time you have a spare moment, walk from one end of the house and back. Walk through commercials, when on the phone, and whenever else you can fit it in. Make it a contest with friends, and see who can get the most steps without leaving the house.

Interactive Video Games

Get one of the games that requires you to move as part of the play. Try Wii Tennis, Wii Fit, the classic DDR, or even one of the air guitar rock star games. You’ll be so busy playing you won’t realize you’re burning calories.

Dance Around the House

No one says you have to be a good dancer. Make sure you’re alone if you’re really shy. Dancing is a great way to work off calories as well as improve your mood. Ever notice how many commercials are set to music? Vow to dance to every one of them. Turn on some music and dance while you’re cleaning house or washing dishes. Move to a beat every chance you get for an increased calorie burn.

A healthy lifestyle is an important part of maintaining a healthy heart. If your primary care doctor is concerned about the state of your heart health, make an appointment for a consultation with EP doctor Dilip Mathew at his Sarasota or Venice office. Dr. Mathew can help you manage or treat your AFib symptoms and provide you with more tips on living a heart healthy lifestyle.