Health Tip: Exercise for a Healthier Heart

Activity helps protect against heart disease

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(HealthDay News) -- It's common knowledge that exercise helps you shed pounds. But it also can help your heart.

The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute says exercise:

  • Boosts lung function and makes your heart stronger, allowing more oxygen-rich blood to be pumped throughout your body.
  • Reduces the risk of plaque formation inside your arteries, which can lead to coronary heart disease and heart attack.
  • Lowers blood pressure and blood fats, and helps regulate blood sugar.
  • Helps reduce inflammation, control weight and boost healthy HDL cholesterol.

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