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How can I improve my heart health by exercising?

Jennifer H. Haythe, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
To improve your heart health with exercise, the current guidelines recommend moderately vigorous exercise four to five times per week. This includes brisk walking, cycling, jogging, swimming, aerobic workouts, rowing and others.
Improving the health and function of your heart is easy to accomplish by engaging in regular bouts of moderate to vigorous exercise such as brisk walks, climbing stairs, going for a hike or a bike ride. Even activities like cleaning the house, mowing the lawn, washing the car can improve the health of your heart. Being as active as you can, as often as you can, will improve your health, and especially the health of your heart.

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