EXERCISE AND HEART HEALTH
A sedentary lifestyle is one of the five major risk factors (along with high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, smoking, and obesity) for cardiovascular disease, as outlined by the American Heart Association. Many scientific studies show that reducing these risk factors decreases the chance of a heart attack or another cardiac event such as a stroke and reduces the possibility of needing a coronary revascularisation procedure (bypass surgery or coronary angioplasty).

Regular exercise has a favourable effect on many of the established risk factors for cardiovascular disease. For example, exercise promotes weight reduction and helps reduce blood pressure. Exercise can also reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and total cholesterol levels, at the same time raise the HDL (good) cholesterol. Although the impact of an exercise programme on any single risk factor may be small, continued exercise combined with other lifestyle modifications (such as proper nutrition, smoking cessation and medication use) can bring dramatic impact on overall cardiovascular risk.
Benefits of regular exercise:
Increase in exercise tolerance
Reduction in body weight
Reduction in blood pressure
Reduction in LDL (bad) and total cholesterol
Increase in HDL (good) cholesterol
Increase in insulin sensitivity
EXERCISE GUIDELINE: HOW MUCH EXERCISE IS ENOUGH?
The national physical activity guidelines for adults aged 18 to 64 include:
1. Adults should target to do at least 150 mins of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity per week.
2. Split your total exercise time in 10 minute increments.
3. In addition to 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity per week, perform muscles strengthening exercises at least twice a week.
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