How much exercise do you need to help prevent heart disease? When you feel like you do not have enough time, you don’t think a short workout could be beneficial. Well, it can be! Even 10 or 15 minutes is better than not doing anything.
Research has shown that while you want to aim for 30 minutes per day of activity, you can break up these sessions in two 15 minute sessions or three 10 minute sessions while still reaping the benefits of exercise. This is a great way to start incorporating physical activity into your life.
Exercise has been shown to raise the level of HDL cholesterol (the good kind). High HDL levels have been shown to help protect against heart disease. Exercise is also thought to make the endothelial cells that line our arteries healthier. These cells are vital in preventing the clogging and hardening of the arteries. (1)
Make those quick workouts count. You can try:
- Brisk walking
- Jumping Rope
- Circuit Training
- High Intensity Interval Training
The important thing is to get moving to benefit your heart. Find the level of exercise that is right for you and try to do something you enjoy so that you can keep up with it! Your heart will thank you.
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As always, consult with your doctor and get medically cleared before beginning an exercise program, especially if you have a heart condition.
- “Short Workouts Can Be Good for Your Heart”. Accessed 5, January 2016. United Healthcare. https://www.uhctools.com/feb_short_workout_heart
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