Walking for Your Heart

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Is walking good for my heart?

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Walking is good for your heart for a number of reasons. Brisk walking increases your heart rate, strengthens heart muscles and improves circulation through your body, carrying more oxygen and nutrients to your organs. Better cholesterol, reduced weight and lower blood pressure all benefit your heart as well.

Can walking reduce the risk of heart disease?

Brisk walking for 30-60 minutes, five times a week can lower your risk of heart disease by about 40%.

Can walking help lower bad cholesterol?

Walking can help lower your LDL (bad) cholesterol and raise your HDL (good) cholesterol. Exercise, such as walking, stimulates production of enzymes to remove LDL from the blood vessels. It also increases circulation, which breaks down and moves it out of the body. The American Heart Association states that walking is the preferred physical activity for obtaining beneficial cholesterol levels since it is so easy, convenient and low-cost. To obtain this benefit, walking must be at a brisk speed that brings your heart rate up for at least 30 minutes.

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