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Having heart disease doesn’t have to keep you from getting fit. You might feel nervous about working out. But multiple studies show that physical activity has many benefits for people with your condition.

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Benefits of physical activity:

  • Strengthens your heart 
  • Lowers high blood pressure
  • Lowers blood sugar levels 
  • Lowers “bad” cholesterol
  • Raises “good” cholesterol

Check with your doctor first

If you haven’t exercised much before, you may not know where to start. It’s a good idea to check with your doctor before starting a program or increasing your activity level. 

How to exercise safely with heart disease:

  • Start slowly and build up to your goal.
  • Make exercise part of your daily routine. 
  • Break your activity into smaller chunks.
  • Warm up before and cool down after.
  • Exercise with a friend.

 

Source:

  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
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