Heart Disease
Being Active
Exercise: Before Starting an Exercise Program
It's always important to talk with your healthcare provider before starting an exercise program. This is especially true if you have certain health conditions.
Designing an Exercise Program
To improve your heart and lung fitness, aim for 30 to 60 minutes of aerobic exercise three to four times a week.
Exercise and Target Heart Rate
The key to cardiovascular fitness is getting a good but safe aerobic workout. Heart rate monitors, which monitor your heart rate while you exercise, can help you do that with ease.
Risks of Physical Inactivity
Lack of physical activity has clearly been shown to be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
Have a Hearty Workout for Your Heart
Unlike other muscles, your heart muscle does not tire from use. Your heart is like other muscles, however, in that it needs exercise to work efficiently. What kind of exercise would that be? All it takes is a brisk 30-minute walk most days of the week.
Strength Training and Heart Disease
If you think that you can’t begin a strength-training program because you have heart disease, think again.