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How Exercise Affects Your Risk for High Cholesterol and Heart Disease


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How Exercise Affects Your Risk for High Cholesterol and Heart Disease

Exercise is a very effective way to reduce risk factors for coronary artery disease (CAD) and high cholesterol. Regular exercise:

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.


Credits for How Exercise Affects Your Risk for High Cholesterol and Heart Disease

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology
Specialist Medical Reviewer Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Last Revised June 29, 2012

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