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Aerobic Exercise for a Healthy HeartEjercicios aer³bicos para un coraz³n sano

Aerobic Exercise for a Healthy Heart

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.

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Remember, some activity is better than none.

Choose an Aerobic Activity

Choose a nonstop activity that makes your heart and lungs work harder than they do when you rest or walk normally. This aerobic exercise can improve the way your heart and other muscles use oxygen. Make it fun by exercising with a friend and choosing an activity you enjoy. Here are some ideas:

  • Walking

  • Swimming

  • Bicycling

  • Stair climbing

  • Dancing

  • Jogging

Exercise Regularly

If you haven't been exercising regularly,  get your doctor's okay first. Then start slowly.  Here are some tips:

  • Begin exercising 3 times a week for 5-10 minutes at a time.

  • When you feel comfortable, add a few minutes each week.

  • Slowly build up to exercising 3-4 times each week for 20-40 minutes.

  • Be sure to carry your nitroglycerin with you when you exercise.

  • If you get angina when you're exercising, stop what you're doing, take your nitroglycerin, and call your doctor.

Publication Source: American Academy of Family Physicians

Publication Source: American Heart Association

Publication Source: Heart Failure Society of America

Online Source: American Academy of Family Physicians

Online Source: American Heart Association

Online Source: Heart Failure Society of America

Date Last Reviewed: 2007-01-15T00:00:00-07:00

Date Last Modified: 2005-10-04T00:00:00-06:00

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