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World Heart Day 2017: 7 exercises for a healthy heart

This World Heart Day, do a little more for your heart with these seven exercises. You can divide the routine into 10 or 15 minutes segments or go for a full 30 minute run.

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September 29 is celebrated as World Heart Day and to keep the heart fit, the American Heart Association recommends atleast 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise everyday. However, with our busy schedules and unhealthy lifestyles, many of us fail to follow a regime. This World Heart Day, do a little more for your heart with these seven exercises. You can divide the routine into 10 or 15 minutes segments or go for a full 30 minute run. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

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Swim: Swimming for most is an easy and relaxing sport that tends to benefit the body in multiple ways. Two to three hours of swimming in a week is all you need to maintain a good heart health. Plus, if you want to shed some extra weight, swimming is the sport you should pick. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

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Dance: Start easy and do a little dance for your heart. Moderate intensity dancing is linked to lower CVD. Pick a good aerobic beat, which ranges from 120 to 135 beats per minute, and do a little tango. To make sure you remain a regular, joining a Zumba class could be a good option. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

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Cycle: There is no harm in getting some wind in your hair with cycling. However, if you are not able to find a good park to test your riding skills, a cycling machine is not a bad option either. Pumping the muscles of your legs is a great aerobic exercise for the heart. 15 minutes dedicated to cycling everyday is sure to do wonders. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

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Tai Chi: For the initial few days, you might need a trainer but once you get the hang of this 'slow meditation' you can do a pretty good job on your own. This Chinese form of exercise based on ancient martial art uses slow rhythmic body movements along with regulated deep breathing and concentration. It is a great method of relaxing your body and heart. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

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Aerobics: Besides keeping your body fit and healthy, a regular aerobics regime also benefits the heart and lungs. It helps reduce cholesterol and diabetes risks, improves immune functions and much more. You don't need to start with strenuous exercises, instead, just pick five and be regular with them. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

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Walk: Walking is a rhythmic and continuous process which exercises the large muscles and keep the heart fit. Walk as much as you can! (Source: Thinkstock Images)

Elliptical Machine: Invest a little to make your heart healthy. Elliptical Machine is one of the fastest growing aerobic options. The biggest advantage of this machine is that it adjusts according to the heart rate and lets you exercise at a comfortable pace. Moreover, both the lower and upper body get worked out effectively. (Source: Thinkstock Images)