Love Your Heart
WZZM 13 and Mercy Health
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School Ends Soon – Plan for a Heart-Healthy Summer
Summer is right around the corner and school's almost out – it's every kid's dream! Along with the freedom and flexibility of summer comes the opportunity to plan some amazing heart-healthy activities for you and your family.
Before your child falls into a routine of sleeping in and plopping down in front of the television screen, you should consider establishing healthy habits early and often. Here are some easy summer ideas from Mercy Health:
Swimming is a good activity to do with kids and is great for your heart. Studies show that swimming can lower blood pressure and cholesterol. In addition, swimming uses many different muscle groups and can help with flexibility.
Going for a bike ride is another fantastic way to enjoy a summer day. Even pedaling around for just 5 to 10 minutes on a regular basis can help keep your heart healthy. A bike ride may even help your kids sleep better. And what parent wouldn't love that?
Fruit & Vegetable Picking
Take a day and pick your favorite fruits or vegetables. This activity can be enjoyed by all ages and is a simple way to exercise. Blueberries, cherries, asparagus and carrots (among many others) are all in season throughout the summer.