Heart Health and Running

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Filed Under: Heart Health Principles, Heart Health
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Why running may not be your best exercise option when it comes to heart health

While I highly recommend exercising on a daily basis for at least 30 minutes for optimal heart health, I advise against strenuous exercise like jogging or running—especially if you’re just starting an exercise program, you’re older, or you have a cardiovascular condition. Studies have shown a connection between heart attacks and sudden exertion, while moderate exercise has been shown to reduce the long-term risk of heart disease.

My favorite forms of exercise are walking and dancing. Both are easy to do, and they’ll get your blood pumping!

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