Cardiothon kicks it up for heart health

Cardiothon participants shake it up to raise money for the American Heart Association. / Courtesy photo

About 70 exercise buffs sweat it out during the Byrd Perry Cardiothon at Urban Active Fitness in Maumee and Sylvania on Saturday morning. The event featured 100 minutes of heart-pumping cardio and raised $3,500 for the American Heart Association.

The cardiothon was planned in memory of Byrd Perry, who died April 22 after a massive heart attack. His daughter, Allison, is an Urban Active fitness instructor who organized the event to honor him.

According to the AHA, heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the U.S. The numbers continue to grow as inpatient hospitalizations for cardiovascular-related diagnoses in 2004 totaled over $2,106,977,000.

Urban Active instructors taught participants fun ways to keep their hearts healthy and recommend exercising at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Walking, swimming, cycling and dancing are a few of the dozens of activities that can help the body warm up and perspire without feeling any burning sensations in the muscles.