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Another aspect of bringing your heart disease back into being heart health is exercising. Exercise is good for the heart because the heart is a muscle and it likes exercise.

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Welcome back to another edition of health hack as I round out the week talking about heart health. Another aspect of bringing your heart disease back into being heart health because heart disease doesn't have to be a life sentence is exercising, exercise is good for the heart, the heart is a muscle and it likes exercise. However, you do have to be careful and start where you're at, you're not going to jump right in and do a one hour cardio workout if you haven't done a cardio workout for the last six months, or even for the last month. So when it comes to exercising, as I've said previously, most people in today's world are not moving their bodies enough. Back in the day, humans were walking 15 miles per day. And now most people are not working fifth, walking 15 miles in a week. And so you just want to start off with Where are you at, start off with going 1000 steps a day, and build up to 5000 over the course of a week and then build up to 10,000 maybe over the course of the next three weeks to get to 10,000 steps a day. And from there, then you can start to add on an add in some aerobics workouts. Maybe you want to start off with just 15 minute workouts and gradually build up to 30 minute workouts and 60 minute workouts. Aerobic workouts are very good for the heart, they helped you to sleep better, they do help with lowering stress. In fact, they reduce the risk of Alzheimer's and dementia, you look better your body starts to change, you get into better shape, you feel like you have more energy. So there's so many benefits to this, however, you need to start off slowly. And the other thing in terms of starting off is, depending where you're at, you may need to first talk to your doctor to get approval to start any kind of exercise routine, just to make sure that it's safe for you and your heart. So let's just talk about blood pressure levels so that you know where you're at and where you might be needing to talk to your doctor first. So a blood pressure of 120 over 80 is considered normal. And if you're not moving enough and you're at a normal level, you can just start moving on your own start with like I said 1000 steps a day and slowly build that up.