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Lack of exercise

Regular exercise is important to:


If you are not used to regular exercise, talk with your health care team before starting an exercise program.

  • maintain your ideal body weight
  • manage your cholesterol levels, stress level and blood pressure
  • improve your muscle tone
  • improve how well your heart and circulation work
  • increase your resistance to fatigue
  • help prevent blood clots from forming in your arteries
  • improve your mental and emotional well-being
  • decrease your blood fats
  • suppress your appetite.

Help manage this risk by beginning and maintaining an exercise program. Start small, but keep at it. Your health care team will have suggestions for you.

Participating in cardiac rehabilitation is one way to start an exercise routine.



Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Helping Your Heart, fourth edition, cvs-ahc-90648

First published: 10/04/2002
Last updated: 06/01/2007

Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts