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How does exercise benefit my heart health?

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If you have heart disease, becoming more active is one of the best things you can do for yourself. It helps with your blood pressure and weight, and it makes your heart stronger. Getting even as little as 30 minutes of moderate exercise on most days helps. You can do anything that makes your heart beat a little faster, whether it's walking, water aerobics, washing your car, or something else.

From: Heart-Healthy Diet and Exercise WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Medical Association: "Preventing Heart Disease: Making Lifestyle Changes."  National Institutes of Health: "The Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure." National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Aim for a Healthy Weight: Key Recommendations;" "Your Guide to Living Well with Heart Disease;" and "Your Guide to Lowering High Blood Pressure."


Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 08, 2017

SOURCES: American Medical Association: "Preventing Heart Disease: Making Lifestyle Changes."  National Institutes of Health: "The Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure." National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Aim for a Healthy Weight: Key Recommendations;" "Your Guide to Living Well with Heart Disease;" and "Your Guide to Lowering High Blood Pressure."


Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 08, 2017

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