Get Up and Go

Enough cannot be said about the benefits of exercise in terms of heart health. Regular exercise helps decrease blood pressure, improve circulation, lower triglyceride levels and raise HDL (good cholesterol). Then there’s the added benefits of boosted confidence, energy and self-esteem. So what are you waiting for?

If you don’t regularly exercise, you should see your doctor before beginning an exercise program. Then you should start slowly, building up your endurance with the goal of getting at least 30 to 60 minutes of exercise four to six times a week.

It’s important to combine aerobic exercise, resistance training, and stretching in your program. Vary the exercises you do each week to avoid repetitive strain to your muscles and other tissues. And remember to drink fluids before and during exercise.

Regular participation in moderately vigorous physical activity can reduce your risk of fatal heart disease by nearly 25 percent. Exercise also has a positive effect on your bottom line – your weight! And anyone can reap the benefits, regardless of age, sex or physical ability.