Yakima Heart Center

Stay Active

October 05, 2012

Physical activity lowers your risk for heart problems, such as a heart attack. It helps reduce LDL ("bad") cholesterol and increase HDL ("good") cholesterol. It also helps control your blood pressure and blood sugar level.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends 150 minutes of moderate- intensity aerobic activity every week, but you don’t have to do it all at once. Try doing a total of 30 minutes of physical activity, such as fast walking, at least five days of the week.  Not only is it best to spread your activity out during the week, but you can break it up into smaller chunks of time during the day. As long as you’re doing your activity at a moderate or vigorous effort for at least 10 minutes at a time.

Physical activity can help improve muscle strength, flexibility, and endurance. It can also help you lose weight, which can lower your risk for heart disease. Not to mention, physical activity also helps you cope better with stress, which in turn, may boost your sense of well-being.

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