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Heart disease seems to be an ever increasing problem plaguing millions of Americans. A lot of it is due to poor diets, lots of stress and lack of activity. A recent report stated that regular exercise can reduce the risk of heart damage in middle-aged and older people. Many people claim to be too busy, but they sing a different tune once they find themselves in a hospital bed.

Many women find that in their younger child rearing years, they are run raged, often complaining about not enough time in a day to do everything. Some crave just 15 minutes of quiet, alone rest, just to unwind, catch their breath and gather their thoughts about them. Raising children is a fulltime position and then some. And yet, many women try to juggle raising their kids and managing a fulltime job at the same time. It’s definitely a time of lots of stress and activity.

But as their kids get older, the hectic rat-race pace often slows down. Life gets easier, less complicated and there is more time to rest. They find those precious 15 minutes of peace and quiet alone time and more.

As kids go off to college, get married or move out on their own, life often slows down even more. Yes, there is always the worry about what they are doing and if they are okay, but the constant errands, school related activities, doctors, shopping and other parts of life begin to ebb.

If you are carrying any extra weight, experience a lot of stress in your job or life, have high blood pressure and eat a poor diet loaded with red meat, fats and starches, then you probably are slowly developing some damage to your heart. Some of that damage could be stopped, slowed down and possibly even reversed just by 15 minutes a day of vigorous exercise. That may be the most valuable 15 minutes a day you have.

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