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Heart Healthy Exercises

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Posted at 5:13 PM, Feb 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-19 13:49:33-05

It is important to remember that the heart is a muscle, and the more you practice healthy habits, like daily exercise, the stronger it gets. Anyone at any fitness level can benefit from a regular exercise routine. It’s never too late to make small changes to improve your health.

Benefits of exercise

  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Strengthens heart muscle
  • Builds muscle around the body
  • Helps maintain healthy weight
  • Manages stress
  • Boosts mood and self-esteem

When starting a new exercise program

  • First, talk to your doctor before starting any new program
  • Remember to start slow and gradually work your way up
  • Set realistic goals
  • Consider exercising with a partner or class
  • Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate activity at least five days a week
  • Pay attention to how your body feels while you’re exercising
  • Remember to give your body a rest

Types of exercise for heart health

  • Aerobic: Brisk walk, jogging, biking, elliptical, swimming
  • Strength training: Weight training, resistance bands, using body weight
  • Stretching to improve flexibility and avoid injury