Leading a physically active life is one of the keys to preventing cardiovascular-related complications such as heart attacks and cardiac arrest. California is no different than the rest of the country in that it struggles with obesity and diabetes. In fact, Californians have the highest rate of diabetes in the West at 8.6%. This is significantly higher than the national average.
Daily exercise is crucial to preventing heart attacks. Here are some great ways to get out and enjoy the beautiful state of California.
If there is one thing that California is known for it is the ocean. At the beach you can swim, surf, build sandcastles, take walks, play softball, play volleyball and more. All of these activities would be considered physical activity. Here is a great site that has information on all of the beaches in California and gives activity suggestions. http://www.beachcalifornia.com/
Also, here is a site that talks about beach safety. http://www.webmd.com/parenting/features/beach-safety-101
California is also home to some of the best hiking in the country. Whether you live in Northern California or Southern California, you can find different hikes with different levels of difficulty. Check out this site that highlights some of the best trails in California. http://bestcaliforniahikes.com/
The sunny California weather provides ideal bicycling conditions. Here is a great site that will help you plan your bicycling adventure in California. http://www.terrymorse.com/