Features April 2015 Issue

Home Exercise Can Strengthen the Heart, Lift the Spirit

Your health may benefit from jogging at 5 mph just a few times per week.

Home Exercise Can Strengthen the Heart, Lift the Spirit

The benefits of more physical activity extend well beyond improved cardiovascular conditioning and stronger muscles.

The benefits of exercise are usually measured in terms of stronger muscles and improved cardiovascular fitness. But recent research suggests that even simple at-home exercises can do wonders for your mental and emotional outlook, too. Researchers found that at-home exercises can help people with coronary heart disease feel more hopeful about their future. This is especially important, as hopelessness is associated with worsening heart disease and death. The study was presented at the American Heart Associationís Scientific Sessions.

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