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Regional Medical Center of San Jose
Good Samaritan Hospital

The Impact Exercise Has on Your Heart Health

Did you know?

  • Major risk factors for heart disease
    • Tobacco use
    • Physical inactivity
    • Obesity
    • Poor Diet
    • Genetics
  • 250,000 deaths occur each year as a result of inactivity
  • People with active lifestyles have a 45% lower risk of developing heart disease
  • Benefits occur even with low-intensity exercise like walking or jogging

Exercise Benefits the heart in Many Ways

Improved Strength

  • The heart is a muscle, and gets stronger with exercise
  • Enables the heart to pump more blood through the body
  • Lowers resting heart rate as the heart is more efficient

Positive effects on risk factors

  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Reduces body weight
  • Increases good cholesterol and lowers bad cholesterol

Increased aerobic capacity

  • Improves body’s ability to transport and use oxygen
  • Reduces fatigue when performing everyday activities
  • Improves vascular wall function

Let’s Get Moving!

Take the stairs, not the elevator

  • Burns 7 calories per minute for a 150-pound person
  • For an extra boost, take 10 minutes on your break to go up and down

Bicycle to work instead of driving

  • A half-hour commute burns about 140 calories for a 150-pound person
  • You’ll get fresh air and help your health and the environment at the same time!

Sit on an exercise ball at work

  • Burn about 30 extra calories per workday
  • Use the exercise ball for quick training breaks during the day

Walk to lunch or coffee

  • A leisurely 10-minute walk burns about 50 calories
  • Grab a co-worker to join you and pick up the pace!