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Heart Health: Walking for a Healthy Heart

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Walking is a type of aerobic exercise. It's one of the easiest ways to increase your physical activity and improve your health. Physical activity increases your heart rate, strengthens your heart, and increases blood circulation through your body. This can help bring more oxygen and nutrients to your organs. Exercise also increases your lungs' ability to take in oxygen. It lowers blood pressure and helps to reduce body fat. It also improves blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

How can you safely start a walking program?

These steps can help you get started with a safe, heart-healthy walking program.

Staying motivated

Here are some tips to help you stay motivated with your walking program.

Credits for Heart Health: Walking for a Healthy Heart

Current as of: June 25, 2023

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