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How Exercise Can Improve Heart Health

By DuPage Medical Group Cardiology

Exercise is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Regular physical activity improves blood circulation, reduces the risk of heart disease, and helps to combat obesity, high blood pressure and poor cholesterol levels (all of which can lead to heart disease). Below are recommendations for how much physical activity an average adult needs each week.

Physical Activity Recommendations

  • At least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity at least 5 days a week or 25 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity at least 3 days a week
    • Moderate exercise is defined as being able to hold a conversation while exercising.
    • Vigorous exercise is defined as working out hard enough where you aren’t able to carry a conversation at the same time.
  • Moderate to high-intensity muscle-strengthening activity at least 2 days per week

If you have not worked out in a while begin with briskly walking for 30 minutes a day and build from there. Staying active is an important part of creating a healthy lifestyle. Call your physician if you need help coming up with a workout plan or have any concerns about exercising. 

Topics and Subtopics: Heart Health

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