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6 Fun Ways to Help Your Heart

  • August 1, 2011
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Fire up the game console

Pumping 23,000 rounds of ammo into space aliens should do wonders for your stress and, by extension, your blood pressure. But sorry, you need to stand up from the couch to make video games count. The American Heart Association officially stamped its seal of approval on Nintendo’s motion-sensor-based Wii Fit Plus and Wii Sports Resort games in May, recommending them as legitimate ways to stay active.

Timothy Church, M.D., chairman of the American Heart Association’s physical activity committee, says playing certain Wii activities, such as boxing and jogging, is as good as hitting the gym—as long as you’re playing with at least moderate intensity for a minimum of 150 minutes a week. This can lower your systolic blood pressure by 2 to 5 points. “Some of the activities in Wii Fit can qualify as your 30 minutes a day of physical activity,” he says. “You’ll be sweating buckets.”

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4:08PM PDT on May 4, 2013

Thanks

1:15PM PDT on May 4, 2013

thanks

1:14PM PDT on May 4, 2013

thanks

7:05AM PDT on Apr 26, 2013

Lifestyle counts

6:25AM PDT on Oct 2, 2011

I will pass on the advice! Thank you!

6:23AM PDT on Oct 2, 2011

I will pass on the advice! Thank you!

9:54PM PDT on Sep 11, 2011

Thanks, I think I can fit in all of these!

11:27AM PDT on Aug 30, 2011

Thanks

11:51AM PDT on Aug 18, 2011

Thanks for the tips

4:06PM PDT on Aug 11, 2011

THANKS.

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