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Aerobic Activity for a Healthy Heart - VHL HealthSheet #82041_VA
Exercise is a lot more than an energy booster and a stress reliever. It also strengthens your heart muscle, lowers your blood pressure and blood cholesterol, and burns calories.
Physical Activity for a Healthier Heart - VHL HealthSheet #82084_VA
You may wonder how you can improve the health of your heart. If you’re thinking about exercise, you’re on the right track. You don’t need to become an athlete, but you do need a certain amount of brisk exercise.
Physical Activity: Getting the Most from Your Minutes - VHL HealthSheet #85147_VA
Your exercise goal is a total of 30 minutes on most days. Be sure you’re getting the most from your time spent being active. You’re working your heart and lungs. Try adding a few activities for other muscles in your body, too.
Physical Activity: Adding Intensity - VHL HealthSheet #85149_VA
Once you get the hang of exercising 30 minutes most days of the week, you can move on to the next stage. Do this by increasing the intensity. This means doing your activity in one or more of these ways: Longer. Faster. More often.
Physical Activity: Measuring Your Pace - VHL HealthSheet #85151_VA
Getting your heart to work at the right pace means you’ll develop better aerobic endurance. A stronger heart can pump more oxygen to your muscles. Then you don’t tire as quickly during your hobbies, sports, or daily activities.
Walking for Fitness - VHL HealthSheet #87916_VA
Fitness walking has something for everyone, even people who are already fit. Walking is one of the safest ways to condition your body aerobically. It can boost energy, help you lose weight, and reduce stress.
A Sample Walking Program - VHL HealthSheet #87918_VA
Experts recommend walking briskly at least 30 minutes per day, most days of the week. Walking programs can help you reach this goal by gradually increasing the frequency and time you walk.
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