Long After Covid-19, A Healthy Lifestyle Prevents Disease

Are You Tired of Hearing About COVID-19? Me, too! COVID-19 is an immediate threat to our health. But if there is one thing our country is good at, it is creating new treatments and vaccines for infectious diseases. However, long after the COVID-19 pandemic wanes, heart disease will still be here. Diabetes will still be here. Obesity, kidney disease, and cancers will still be here. Every year, heart disease kills 647,000 Americans. Our country went into lockdown because of COVID-19. What will we do to prevent and reverse heart disease? Chronic diseases will get us in the long run if we do not start preventing them now. The same healthy lifestyle elements that make us more resilient in the face of severe acute infections also protect us from chronic diseases.

The first healthy lifestyle element I want to address is exercise and physical activity. Exercising at or above the recommended 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity or 90 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity per week is associated with lower risk of a major cardiovascular event AND dying from all causes, including heart disease. Moderate exercise is considered that which you can perform while having a conversation but you would be breathing heavily. If you can’t talk at all, you are exercising vigorously. If you can sing or easily talk, you are not working hard enough for the activity to be considered moderate-