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Exercise Your Heart


shutterstock_70838677_230resizeYour heart is, as we all know, a critical muscle and it gets stronger and healthier if you lead an active life. No matter how old you are, it’s never too late to start exercising. Just taking a brief stroll can make an enormous difference when it comes to your heart health.

As you begin exercising, you will witness it paying off. According to the American Heart Association, people who do not exercise are nearly twice more likely to develop heart disease than people who exercise on a regular basis. Regular exercise will help you burn calories, lower your blood pressure, reduce LDL, boost HDL, and increase your lung capacity.

For optimal heart health, the American Heart Association recommends the following:

• No less than 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or “Cardio” at least 5 days per week. This can include running, jogging and biking or any other activity that will raise your heart rate and cause you to start breathing heavy.

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• At least 25 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity 3 days per week for a total of 75 minutes; or a combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity.

• Conduct moderate- to high-intensity muscle strengthening activity no less than 2 days per week. This may include weights, resistance bands or even your own body weight. Just be sure to let your muscles recover during sessions.

You need to start someplace!

Even if you have not performed an exercise for years, you can still jump into an exercise program that will befit your heart health for the rest of your life. You know your body the best and of you don’t think you can meet the minimum requirements for optimal heart health, you can always work up to your goals by starting slow and consulting your doctor about an exercise regimen.

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