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A Fit Heart

Timeless Fitness Tip

Fitness-oriented exercise definitely has positive effects on the heart - it gives you a fit heart.

A Fit Heart Muscle

All research points to fitness exercise having a greater impact on the efficiency of the heart and the work it must perform for us. A highly fit person will have a lower resting heartbeat, indicating less work on the heart.

For example, a fit heart may only beat 40 to 50 times per minute compared with the average of 72 to 85 beats per minute. Also, a fit heart will beat less often when performing challenging tasks. Fewer heart beats means less stress and strain on the heart.

In addition, there is the is heart and lung fitness connection. Elevating the heart to its target heart rate for 30 minutes three times a week produces the greatest benefit to the heart and lungs. Some kinds of physical activity will not produce this effect.

Long or Short Walks?

Long walks may be best for someone more fit, but shorter strolls -- about 30 minutes 5 days a week -- could be all you need in the first 3 months of a walking program to achieve the weight loss benefit you seek. Once you're feeling stronger, and the walking is easier, add minutes and intensity to reach your next goal.

Healthy Heart

Knock Down Cholesterol

It's not just about diet -- physical activity makes a huge difference, too. Exercise improves your blood cholesterol profile by lowering your levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol. More important, it boosts your levels of HDL (protective) cholesterol. It also reduces your overall risk of dying prematurely and helps you control your weight. You can significantly reduce your risk of dying from coronary artery disease or a heart attack.

So overall, fitness-oriented exercise produces a higher level of cardiovascular health.

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