Heart disease and stroke are the #1 and #4 causes of death in America respectively. One can cut his/her risk of developing both of these conditions dramatically simply by exercising regularly. Your heart is a muscle, and the more you exercise it, the stronger it becomes, and the less likely you are to develop heart disease.
Becoming more active doesn’t mean becoming a marathon runner overnight
The American Heart Association recommends that you exercise 30 minutes per day, five days a week. But they also understand that you shouldn’t just dive into exercising too much, too soon. If you have not been exercising, start by seeing your doctor to determine what kind of shape you are in right now, and then setting a series of exercise goals that fit with your disposition. The most difficult step is next; beginning and continuing the exercise program that you developed under your doctor’s guidance.