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Health Help for Your Heart

Jul 7, 2012

For some people, cardiovascular health is a bit theoretical in nature. In the gym it might have connotations with endurance and stamina. At the doctor's office it has to do with disease risk factors and is affected by diet and lifestyle, as well as exercise. In reality, cardiovascular health is about all these things. Diet and exercise are two of the most important ways in which you can care for your heart's health. With exercise, aerobic (requiring oxygen) exercise is the most helpful way to keep your ticker healthy. Aerobic exercise improves circulation, increases HDL cholesterol (the good kind), boosts metabolism, improves respiratory function, and lowers risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Getting 30 minutes of cardio most days of the week is ideal, but those who are starting from "couch potato" will need to work their way up to that. Using a treadmill, stationary bike or elliptical, make sure that you are achieving your target heart-rate for best results.

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