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Exercise Helps Prevent Heart Disease

Regular exercise strengthens your heart and reduces your risk of heart disease. What's more, exercise helps you maintain a healthy weight and lowers your risk of many others diseases such as diabetes and certain cancers.

And exercise makes you feel better. It can improve your mood and decrease feelings of depression. Don't wait another day to begin your daily exercise routine!

If you do not feel you are getting enough exercise, you are not alone. More than half of all Americans do not get enough physical activity in their daily lives to provide health benefits. If your exercise and activity level are low, there are lots of ways you can add activities to benefit your heart.

How Does Exercise Help Your Heart?

There are multiple heart health benefits of exercise and physical activity.

  • Exercise and physical activity help you maintain a healthy weight. A healthy weight is very important for a healthy heart and can improve various risk factors for heart disease such as blood pressure, lipid profiles (cholesterol and triglycerides), and blood sugar.
  • Exercise and physical activity can help improve your blood lipids. Regular exercise helps to lower triglycerides and blood cholesterol.
  • Exercise and physical activity can help reduce your blood pressure.
  • Exercise and physical activity can improve insulin resistance in people with diabetes and high blood sugar.

Exercise Goals

There are many ways to include exercise and physical activity into your daily life. The CDC has set goals for healthy levels of physical activity.

For moderate intensity physical activities (such as walking briskly, mowing the lawn dancing, swimming for fun, or biking), the goal is to perform those activities for 30 minutes a day on 5 or more days of the week.

For high intensity activities (such as jogging, heavy yard work, swimming laps, or biking uphill), the goal is perform those activities for 20 minutes on 3 or more days per week.

Reference:
http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/physical/index.htm

 



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