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Exercise Programs

Ask the Heart Expert

Question

What’s the best exercise program for your heart? 

Answer

The best exercise is the one you like to do! Like all things in life, if you enjoy what you’re doing, you are much more likely to make it part of your life.

The goal for good health is to get regular aerobic exercise every day -- non-stop movement that makes you feel like you’re moving, lasting 20 minutes or more. You might choose to spend those 20 minutes in an exercise class, riding a bike or swimming.

Remember, a brisk walk is an excellent form of aerobic exercise, and it’s right outside your door!

The benefits of exercise are many: it lowers blood pressure, improves blood sugar and blood fat levels, it may help you lose weight, and it is a natural anti-depressant. If you take medicines for high blood pressure, diabetes or cholesterol, exercise will help them all work better.

Ask a heart expert about healthy exercise programs

For more information about OHSU’s Preventive Cardiology Clinic, call 503 494-1775.

This Q&A does not constitute medical advice. For specific medical advice regarding testing, evaluation or diagnosis, consult your healthcare provider or a licensed healthcare professional.