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Regular, moderate-intensity exercise, such as brisk walking, is a cholesterol buster. It can help lower LDL ("bad") cholesterol, and raise the "good" cholesterol, HDL.
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How Much Exercise Is Enough?
How Much Exercise Is Enough? Exercise is a cornerstone of good health—but how much do you need? First, let’s consider how exercise is defined. It’s the same as physical activity, or any movement that causes your body to work harder than usual. Experts divide exercise into two types: aerobic and muscle strengthening. Aerobic exercise This type of exercise works your heart and lungs. It can be of moderate intensity or vigorous. If you are new to exercise, start slowly and work your way up to a more vigoro...
Exercise Goals for Healthy Living
Exercise Goals for Healthy Living Making exercise part of your daily life isn't hard if you make it a priority. To do that, you need to develop goals and an exercise plan that matches your needs and interests. These steps can help you define your personal goals and put them into action. Be sure to check with your health care provider before beginning an exercise program. First step Determine what you want to achieve through exercise. Do you need to lose weight? Help maintain a healthy weight? Reduce you...
Give Your Health a Lift
Give Your Health a Lift Forget everything you think you know about lifting weights. First, toss out the notion that it's not for you. Weightlifting is one of the fastest-growing U.S. fitness activities. And the American Heart Association (AHA) recently threw its weight behind weightlifting, too. The AHA is promoting resistance training, a range of activities that includes working with weights, for its role in preventing heart disease. For people who think cardiovascular health is tied solely to the numb...