Heart-Healthy Fall Activities

Get Your Heart Pumping this Fall

With the temperatures cooling down and the days getting shorter, you may be tempted to spend more time indoors and get cozy on the couch with your family. While relaxing now and then can be beneficial, spending too much time lying down or sitting can wreak havoc on your heart health.

How Sedentary Behavior Impacts Your Heart

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), American adults spend about 6-8 hours each day sitting. Unfortunately, this is enough to allow the harmful effects of sedentary behavior to set in. Whether you’re spending these periods of inactivity watching television, sitting at the computer, or just generally relaxing, you are at an increased risk for the following:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Coronary heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Heart attack
  • stroke
  • Obesity

Ways to Get Up and Get Moving this Fall

Fortunately, these health risks are preventable and can be minimized by staying physically active and getting the recommended amount of exercise each week. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), by getting at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise 5 times each week, you can help to support your heart health.

Try out some of these activities that can help to get you and your family outdoors and get your hearts pumping this fall:

  • Pumpkin picking
  • Apple picking
  • Nature walks and hikes
  • Bike riding
  • Gardening
  • Touch football

Cardiac Support in Ridgecrest, California

At Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, our team of board-certified physicians and our highly skilled cardiac support team provide the highest level of medical care to Ridgecrest and surrounding areas.


To learn more about our cardiovascular disease services or schedule an appointment, visit our website or give us a call at (760) 446-3551 (Mon-Fri 8 AM -4:30PM).