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Regular physical activity is an excellent way to keep your heart healthy. Plus, exercise helps you look and feel slim and trim. Good weight-bearing activities include walking, lifting hand weights, and carrying groceries. Also helpful are activities that promote flexibility and balance, such as T'ai Chi and yoga.
Here are some simple suggestions for incorporating exercise into your daily routine:
Remember, getting your exercise doesn't mean you have to purchase expensive gym equipment. Use items you have around the house, like soup cans as weights, to build strength and help tone muscles. Repeat each of the following movements 15 times:
If you are overweight, taking off pounds can directly reduce your chances of developing heart disease. If you're overweight, even a small weight loss will help to lower your risk of heart disease and other medical conditions. At the very least, try to avoid gaining added weight.
When it comes to weight loss, there are no quick fixes. Lasting weight loss requires a change of lifestyle, which includes adopting a healthy, lower-calorie eating plan and getting regular physical activity. Aim to lose no more than ½ to two pounds per week. If you have a lot of weight to lose, ask your doctor, a registered dietitian, or a qualified nutritionist to help you develop a sensible plan for gradual weight loss.
There is nothing easy about giving up cigarettes, but with a plan of action, you can do it. Become aware of your personal smoking triggers - the situations that typically bring on the urge to light up - and replace them with new activities. Eat healthfully, get regular physical activity, and ask friends and family for support. You also may want to participate in an organized program to help people quit smoking, offered by many health organizations and workplaces. Also, several medications are now available to help people stop smoking. Ask your doctor whether you should try any of these medicines.
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