Exercise Your Way to a Healthy Heart

March 27, 2016
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Physical inactivity, high blood pressure, and smoking are risk factors for heart disease. So, be the exception rather than the rule. Exercise for a healthier heart.

Eight ways to help your heart

Look at all the ways exercise can help your heart:

  1. Reduces your risk of developing heart disease and can help prevent existing heart disease from getting worse

  2. Lowers your risk of developing high blood pressure

  3. Lowers blood pressure in some people who have high blood pressure

  4. Raises your high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or "good," cholesterol

  5. Lowers your low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or "bad," cholesterol

  6. Lowers the amount of triglycerides, a form of fat, in your bloodstream

  7. Helps you lose extra weight, which can strain your heart

  8. Makes your heart and lungs work more efficiently

Over time, fat and cholesterol can build up in your blood vessels. When arteries that supply the heart and brain with blood become clogged, a heart attack or stroke can occur. Exercise can help keep the blood vessels open. This can help prevent heart disease or stroke.

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