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Find out why physical activity is important for health and how you can incorporate more movement into your life.
Regular physical activity is important for both children and adults. According to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans:
Talk with your health care team. If you have or are at risk for heart disease, it is important to adopt heart healthy habits. This means being thoughtful about the kinds of foods you eat, how you prepare them and how many calories and how much fat you consume. Try to eat a low-fat diet that is rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, fish and lean meats. You should also carve out time to exercise every day. See CardioSmart’s Eat Better and Move More areas for more information.
Regular physical activity is important for both children and adults. Based on the high rates of obesity, the 2010 Dietary Guidelines recommend that most Americans reduce their food intake and increase their physical activity level. Even people who are overweight can derive health benefits from engaging in some level of activity.
According to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans:
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Why does heart failure limit exercise capacity?
Why does exercise help conditions such as diabetes and peripheral artery disease?
What type of exercise is recommended for heart failure patients?
What type of exercise allows for the greatest health benefits for patients with type 2 diabetes?
A study found that structured aerobic exercise was associated with the greatest hemoglobin A1c reductions, followed by structured resistance training and combined training. Physical activity and dietary advice were also associated with hemoglobin A1c reductions, but only when combined together or with exercise training.
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How can I achieve optimal fitness?
Walking is a safe activity for most people, however always talk to your doctor before starting any exercise program. The components of a good program include:
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