Reg­u­lar ex­er­cise

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Aer­o­bic ex­er­cise can lower blood pres­sure, help con­trol weight, and in­crease HDL ("good") choles­terol. It may keep the blood ves­sels more flex­i­ble. The Cen­ters for Disease Con­trol and Preven­tion and the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Sports Medicine rec­om­mend mod­er­ate to in­tense aer­o­bic ex­er­cise last­ing about 30 min­utes four or more times per week for max­i­mum heart health. Three 10-minute ex­er­cise pe­ri­ods also are ben­e­fi­cial. Aer­o­bic ex­er­cise—ac­tiv­i­ties such as walking, jog­ging, and cy­cling—uses the large mus­cle groups and forces the body to use oxy­gen more ef­fi­ciently. It also can in­clude ev­ery­day ac­tiv­i­ties such as ac­tive gar­den­ing, climb­ing stairs, or brisk house­work. Peo­ple with coronary artery disease or risk fac­tors should con­sult a doc­tor be­fore be­gin­ning an ex­er­cise pro­gram.

Main­tain­ing a de­sir­able body weight

About one-fourth of all Amer­i­cans are over­weight and nearly one-tenth are obese, ac­cord­ing to the Sur­geon Gen­eral's Report on Nutri­tion on and Health. Peo­ple

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