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Becoming Heart Healthy…

Keep Your Heart Healthy Through Fitness

Exercise is one of the best ways to lower the risk of developing heart disease. Before making changes to a diet or adding exercise, always talk to your doctor first. Be sure to ask about medications, the ability to lift heavy objects and what exercises are safe for you.  Partner up and get active with a friend or family member, couple your new exercise regime with heart healthy eating.  You can find great tips and recipes on www.heartandstroke.com.

1. Exercise can help circulation and strengthen the heart and cardiovascular system. It also lowers blood pressure, improves muscle tone and strength, boosts self-esteem and improves sleep.

2. Stretching exercises lengthen the muscles, preparing them for activity. It will reduce the chance of injury and muscle strain.

3. Aerobic or cardiovascular exercise strengthens the heart and lungs and will greatly improve the use of oxygen in the body.

4. Try to implement a walking program to start you off.  Look for a walking club at a senior’s centre or mall near you.

5. An exercise session should last between 20 and 30 minutes to provide the best benefits for the body and over-all health. Exercise every day or every other day for the best results.

Take an important step to becoming healthier, more active and heart healthy!

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