Today, everyone knows that cardiovascular diseases has become a serious health threat. Millions of global citizens suffer from it and each gender is equally at risk. But studies show that CVD has killed more women then men every year since 1984 and is the #1 cause of death for women age 35 and older.
One of the safest and most effective ways to reduce your risk and improve your cardiovascular fitness is through aerobic exercise. Unfortunately, and there's no denying, most of us don't exercise regularly and inactivity nearly doubles a person's risk for heart disease, ranking it among the leading risk factors.
The American Heart Association reports that regular physical activity is as important for heart health as the other three major lifestyle factors: quitting smoking, lowering blood cholesterol, and controlling blood pressure.
But what is the best type of exercise?
Regular aerobic activity (also called endurance exercise) is best. Studies have shown that as little as 30 minutes a day of moderately vigorous aerobic activity, such as walking, cycling, or swimming significantly reduces a person's risk of heart disease. Best of all, exercise need not be extremely vigorous to be beneficial to your health.
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