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Both men and women who walk or otherwise exercise each day have fewer heart attacks and strokes, lower blood pressure, and higher levels of healthy HDL cholesterol. The benefits of being active add up fast. In as little as 90 days, doctors can actually measure the age-reducing effects of regular exercise.

Heart-Healthy Tip: When it comes to walking and heart health, speed and frequency count. Yes, strolling is better than sitting, but you get the most benefits if you pick up the pace -- ideally, for 30 minutes most days.