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Do you know how much exercise you should be doing for your heart health? You may be surprised at how little you need to do to have an impact. New research  now indicates that all you need is a minimum of thirty minutes per day, five days per week, and you’ll make a difference.

The research was published in the Journal of Physiology. It looked at the impact of doing regular exercise over the long term. It indicated that five days per week at a half hour a pop is all you need to boost your heart health.

Government Recommendations for Heart Health

Government recommendations currently state that you should get 150 minutes of exercise per week for wellness. That said, if you are looking for a number more specific to your heart health, then there has been quite a bit of debate. It is for this reason that researchers have been trying to investigate the number.

This figure will be particularly important because studies are starting to show that people who are at risk of heart disease or even those who don’t have it aren’t getting enough exercise. Therefore, by getting to know just how much exercise is needed for heart health, at least those patients can have a specific goal in mind.

Hardening of the Arteries

It is well known that arteries can get harder with age. Arteries are critical for transporting the blood in and out of the blood and throughout the rest of the body. As we age, they stiffen up. The more this happens, the greater our risk of disease.

The new study indicates that if people exercise five days per week, thirty minutes at a time, it reduces this stiffening. Instead, the arteries remain healthier and better able to pump the blood through the body. This can help to keep better control over blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke. This can also lower the risk of death from heart disease.

Heart Health Over Time

It is important to note that this study looked at people’s activity rates over years, not just weeks or months. The idea of exercise for heart health doesn’t just require people to exercise occasionally. The key is to keep up the five days per week, thirty-minute exercise sessions over many years. This is meant to be a lifestyle in order for it to be truly effective.

Diet And Weight Loss Programs

With today’s fast paced lifestyles it is harder and harder to get into shape and stay that way. Yet there are thousands of products and services (diet programs, weight loss supplements, diet pills) available for just that purpose. In fact it can be confusing and overwhelming trying to plot a course through all the information with so many competing for your attention.

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How Do I Lose Weight?

Everyone wants to know the same thing: how to lose belly fat, drop pounds and inches, and look their overall best. Many factors go into determining which weight loss plan will work best for you. Age, sex, genetic make-up, general health, how much you exercise, and your psychological make-up are all contributing variables. For any weight loss program to be successful, experts all agree that it must include the three basics. They are:

* An eating plan that reduces the amount of daily caloric intake
* A strong physical activity component
* Some behavior modification to change old habits

This is the fundamental difference between a “weight loss diet” and a “weight loss program”.

Dieting vs Weight Loss Programs

What do we mean when we talk about a weight loss diet versus a weight loss program?

A diet usually only covers the food aspect of dieting like what you can and can’t eat, nutritional content, meal plans, and recipes.

A “weight loss plan” is more all encompassing and will include at least the three basics, with some incorporating diet pills, weight loss supplements and even alternative medicine practices. Many people find that dieting is a short term solution, while a weight loss plan or program can give long term results.

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How Do I Choose A Weight Loss Plan?

A good weight loss program is based on individual lifestyle. Good programs aim to improve health in a positive way. The medical experts also all agree that losing more than two pounds a week can be unhealthy and in some cases downright dangerous. A good plan will introduce change gradually to both diet and exercise.

Learn more about the various types of diet and weight loss programs to determine the best one for you.

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