Dropping a Few Pounds Can Help
Your weight matters, but your waistline can be an even better indicator of your heart health. Women with waistlines over 35 inches and men whose waistlines measure over 40 inches are at increased risk of heart disease. Studies show that losing even just five to ten percent of your weight can significantly improve your heart health. And 30 to 60 minutes of aerobic exercise at least three times a week will help to strengthen your heart and reduce high cholesterol and high blood pressure, especially if combined with a Mediterranean diet.