Exercise for a Healthy Heart
Your heart is a muscle, and it gets stronger and healthier if you lead an active life. It’s never too late to start exercising, and you don’t have to be an athlete. Even taking a brisk walk for 30 minutes a day can make a big difference.
Once you get going, you’ll find it pays off. People who don’t exercise are almost twice as likely to get heart disease as people who are active.
- Burn calories
- Lower your blood pressure
- Reduce LDL “bad” cholesterol
- Boost your HDL “good” cholesterol
Ready to get started?
How to Start Exercising
First, think about what you’d like to do and how fit you are.
You’ll probably be able to exercise with no problem if your doctor says you can and if you pay attention to how you’re feeling while you’re working out.
Stop and get immediate medical help if you have pain or pressure in your chest or the upper part of your body, break out in a cold sweat, have trouble breathing, have a very fast or uneven heart rate, or feel dizzy, lightheaded, or very tired.
It’s normal for your muscles to be mildly sore for a day or two after your workout when you’re new to exercise. That fades as your body gets used to it. Soon, you might be surprised to find that you like how you feel when you’re done.