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Keep the Most Important Muscle in Your Body Strong

Keeping your heart healthyYour heart is the most important muscle in your body and like any muscle, it needs exercise to make it stronger. A strong heart can pump more efficiently.

When you add exercise into your daily schedule, you are helping to control or reduce your risk for stroke and heart disease, which are the leading cause of death in the United States.

One of the best exercises you can do for your heart is aerobic exercise or cardio and it uses oxygen to meet energy demands.

Aerobic exercise doesn’t mean you need to do a five mile run every day, but you do a type of continuous exercise that increases your heart and breathing rate and uses large muscles such as your arms and/or legs. Try:

  • Going for a walk
  • Taking the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Going on a leisurely bicycle ride
  • Going for a swim

Studies have shown exercise provides the following benefits for your heart:

  • Control or reduce blood pressure
  • Prevent or control diabetes
  • Reduce cholesterol
  • Increase the good cholesterol
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Reduce or control weight

It is recommended that you exercise most days of the week for a minimum of 10 minutes at a time, but try to dedicate 25-30 minutes for yourself to exercise. It does not have to be a vigorous exercise; any slight to moderate movement will show results.

Do You Know Your Heart Score?

If you are just starting an exercise program, you should see your primary care doctor before starting. Have you taken our heart health assessment yet? Find out your heart score.

Crittenton has been designated as both an accredited stroke and chest pain center.

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