There is growing evidence that regular physical activity protects against CAD. Added benefits of regular exercise include:
To get and stay healthy, do activity at a level that is right for you—moderate or vigorous. Try to do:
It's fine to be active in blocks of 10 minutes or more throughout your day and week.
Customize your exercise program according to your fitness level, the health of your heart, and your personal preferences. Aerobic exercise (brisk walking, jogging, swimming, bicycling,) is best.
Some people, especially those who have a history of CAD, should discuss their exercise plans with their doctors before starting a vigorous fitness program.
Exercise is especially important for people who have high triglyceride levels, low HDL ("good") cholesterol levels, high blood sugar, and too much fat around the waist (metabolic syndrome). A large waist is more than 40 in. (102 cm) for men and more than 35 in. (89 cm) for women.
Last Revised: July 2, 2010
Author: Healthwise Staff
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