A Healthy Heart Starts with the M
February is American Heart Month! This month is dedicated to creating awareness of heart health and steps you can take to enhance their heart health every day.
When thinking of ways to better your heart health, riding public transit might not immediately come to mind. However, there are several ways public transit can enhance your heart health.
Using public transit typically involves walking or cycling to and from transit stops or stations, which can increase physical activity and provide cardiovascular exercise. Regular physical activity has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and other chronic conditions. In fact, walking for 2.5 hours a week, or 21 minutes a day, can cut your risk of heart disease by 30% according to Harvard Medical School!
According to the Mayo Clinic, unresolved stress can damage your heart arteries and worsen other risk factors related to heart disease. Public transit can reduce the stress of commuting by reducing traffic congestion, providing a predictable schedule, and allowing you to relax during your commute. Since chronic stress can contribute to heart disease, reducing stress through public transit can be beneficial for heart health.
Reduced air pollution
Public transit can reduce air pollution, which can contribute to heart disease and other respiratory conditions. By using public transit instead of driving, you can help to improve air quality and reduce your exposure to harmful pollutants.
Access to healthcare
Public transit can provide better access to healthcare services for people who may not have access to private transportation. This can lead to better management of chronic conditions, such as heart disease. Many individuals use The M Transit as their main method of transportation to doctor’s appointments, health checks, and other healthcare-related appointments.
Take the steps to enhance your heart health today by riding The M Transit!