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Excercise for a Healthy Heart

One of the many benefits of regular exercise is that it helps prevent heart disease. Aerobic exercise: increases your heart rate, strengthens your heart muscle and lungs, lowers your blood pressure and cholesterol, reduces stress, improves your circulation and your body’s ability to use oxygen, all of which are good for your heart. Aerobic exercise is steady physical activity using large muscle groups. Options for aerobics exercise at Harbor’s Edge include: walking, use of the NuStep recumbent walker, cycling, swimming, low-impact aerobics and water aerobics. Of all forms of exercise, aerobic exercise has the most benefits for your heart. You should gradually work up to an aerobic session lasting 20 to 30 minutes, at least three to four times a week. The American Heart Association recommends working up to exercising most days of th week.

Written By:

Kori Poplin, Fitness Director

Gail Stinson, RN, Director of Health & Wellness