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There's a lot of news about cholesterol these days, and with good reason. High cholesterol contributes to heart disease, which kills more Americans than all cancers combined. A regular exercise routine and good eating habits — along with medication if your doctor recommends it — can keep cholesterol levels under control and lower your risk of heart disease.
 
You've heard that it's possible to preserve and strengthen your bones through exercise and a healthy diet. But accidents, genetics and disease can work against even the best of healthy habits. When fractures, sprains, and the wear and tear of daily life get to your bones and joints, you need to know when to take action and the best way to take care of yourself.
 
Although genetics determines how long we will live, it's the lifestyle we choose that will determine how healthy we are as we age.
 
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Exercising to Protect the Heart

For the physically fit, vigorous exercise seems to offer more protection against heart disease than low-intensity exercise. But for people who do not exercise regularly and are out of shape, engaging in moderate exercise also can provide protection, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). The more vigorously you think that you exercise, regardless of whether that activity level meets exercise recommendations, the lower your risk for heart disease, an AHA study says. Health experts recommend 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity five to seven days a week. Be sure to check with your doctor before beginning any new exercise program.