Harvard Heart Letter

Increasing activity can be a walk in the park

Every little bit helps; fun and convenience are key factors.

Exercising more regularly may be harder and more time-consuming than tossing an aspirin into your mouth and swallowing some water. But, just like eating more healthfully, it's not as hard as it might seem.

Most experts now emphasize that just 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise, such as brisk walking, helps your heart and the rest of your body. Longer durations of more vigorous, sweat-breaking activity may help even more, but anything is better than nothing. And if that anything is something you enjoy and can slip seamlessly into your daily life, you're likely to be consistent with it.

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