When you smoke, you really give your heart a beating. Quit smoking this Monday in preparation for World Heart Day this Saturday, September 29th! It’s the single best thing you can do for your heart health.

Your heart is the hardest working organ in your body, so taking care of it is important. The good news is that within 20 minutes of quitting, your heart and body start recovering. Quitting smoking now decreases the risk of a heart attack, stroke, heart disease, and other heart-related complications.

Create a plan to quit smoking that includes exercise. It will help your heart recover faster.

One stress-free exercise is simply walking out the door for a Monday Mile, a one-mile walk, or jog. There are tremendous benefits to walking. Elevating your heart rate, a natural consequence of exercise, burns fat, aids in weight loss, improves your stamina, decreases cholesterol, and boosts your immune system.  Benefits you’ll want to keep receiving now that quitting is your plan.

Give your heart a break this Monday by quitting smoking and recovering with exercise. Your heart will thank you! Share your heart-pumping stories with us on FacebookTwitter,  Pinterest, or Instagram!