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Exercise is a lot more than an energy booster and a stress reliever. It also strengthens your heart muscle, lowers your blood pressure and cholesterol, and burns calories. It can also improve your resting muscle tone, and your mood.
If you haven’t been exercising regularly, get your doctor’s OK first. Then start slowly. Here are some tips:
Begin exercising 3 times a week for 5 to 10 minutes at a time.
When you feel comfortable, add a few minutes each session.
Slowly build up to exercising 3 to 4 times each week. Each session should last for 40 minutes, on average, and involve moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity.
If you have been given nitroglycerin, be sure to carry it when you exercise.
If you get chest pain (angina) when you’re exercising, stop what you’re doing, take your nitroglycerin, and call your doctor.
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