Making regular physical activity part of your lifestyle is one of the most effective ways to improve your heart health. Physical activity can improve heart health by reducing high blood pressure (hypertension), improving cholesterol levels, decreasing risk for stroke, controlling weight and obesity, helping to manage type 2 diabetes and limiting metabolic syndrome. Even for people who have heart disease, physical activity can result in a healthier and longer life. By learning now to be more physically active, you’re embracing your chance for a fresh start and taking control of your lifestyle—and your health!
Every bit of physical activity helps. After getting your doctor’s approval to be more physically active, it’s usually best to start simply: Move more consistently than before but not more than you’re able. Over time, the more you’re able to do, the more you’ll benefit.