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Strengthen your heart with these 3 fitness exercises

For optimal heart health, the American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic activity most days each week. If you can't work out 30 minutes at a time, you can divide your exercise program into 10- to 15-minute sections. Aerobic exercise improves cardiorespiratory fitness and reduces many risk factors for heart disease. These three healthy exercises are good for your heart.

1. Take the stairs

To get the most heart health benefits from aerobic exercise, aim to reach 50 to 85 percent of your maximum heart rate. Whether at home or in the gym, climbing stairs is an easy way to get into your target range.

2. Cycling

The twitching of large muscles in the legs is a good cardio workout for the heart. This workout can be done on either a road bike or a stationary bike.

3. Swimming

According to statistics, swimming is one of the best aerobic exercises and the third most popular physical activity. Swimming for two and a half hours a week will give you the amount of cardio you need, as well as heart health benefits.

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