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Last week, we discussed the importance of diet as a major preventive measure against potential heart diseases and conditions. Taking steps throughout our lives to make positive lifestyle choices is a huge part of keeping our hearts healthy. This helps prevent conditions that can be both life-threatening and costly.
One factor that we have the most control over is our level of exercise. Anything that gets us moving will get the heart pumping and promote its health. Exercise is key to helping stave off heart disease and stroke.
Here’s a look at exercise as it relates to heart health.
There are a few common kinds of exercise that doctors generally recommend to help promote heart health. A few of these include:
The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of aerobic activity each week, or five days with at least 30 minutes of activity. For those healthy enough, 75 minutes per week of high-intensity aerobics and two days of moderate- to high-intensity strength exercise is recommended.
For people who are looking primarily to lower their blood pressure and cholesterol levels, 40 minutes of moderate-to-intense aerobic activity done three or four times a week is recommended. In each of these areas, your exact workload will depend on your comfort and other individual factors. Speak to your doctor if you have questions.
A few good habits to keep in mind during exercise:
Following some of these tips can help your heart and overall health in the following ways:
The right exercise for you might not be the same as for another person. Listen to your body and do what you’re comfortable with. Be sure to speak with your doctor if you have any specific questions or concerns.
“Get Moving for a Healthier Heart.” WebMD. http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/guide/exercise-healthy-heart#1
“American Heart Association Recommendations for Physical Activity in Adults.” American Heart Association. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/PhysicalActivity/FitnessBasics/American-Heart-Association-Recommendations-for-Physical-Activity-in-Adults_UCM_307976_Article.jsp#.WID4FRsrKUk
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This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.