heart health fitness
As most of you know, exercise and fitness have transformative effects on both our minds and our bodies. Clients who visit us at our personal training & fitness classes gym in Churchtown, Dublin 14, often site reasons like dropping jean sizes, losing weight, toning up or feeling more confident as to why they initially book their Free Consultation. But what about the effects of fitness on the parts of our bodies we can’t see. 

ONE IN EVERY 4 Irish WOMEN DIE FROM HEART DISEASE!  In 2017, Cardiovascular Heart Disease was the leading cause of death for both men and women in the world. One person dies every 37 seconds from cardiovascular disease in the United States alone. The World Health Organisation have recently stated that 80% of premature heart disease is preventable. So why are we not taking better care of our ticker’s? By making very small changes to our lifestyle and diet we can drastically reduce the risk of heart disease and improve your heart function, which can help brace your body against any other potential issues. Fitness and better food choices can literally add years to your life, the elusive fountain of youth.

 

 

WHY IS EXERCISE SO GOOD FOR YOUR HEART?

Not fully convinced that hitting the gym for a fun fitness class can make a real difference to your health? No problem. Let us tell you why exercise is so good for your heart. Research shows that 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day can make your heart stronger and ensure your organs work more efficiently. By improving your general fitness levels, you can see a positive effect in a variety of ways, including:

1. Weight Control

Being overweight can lead to fatty material building up in your blood vessels. This in turn can cause high blood pressure, high cholesterol and increased risk of type 2 diabetes. Along with a healthy diet, exercising regularly can keep weight down and lower the risks of some of these issues.

 

 

2. Lower Blood Pressure 

High blood pressure increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Regular physical activity helps strengthens the heart, ensuring that it doesn’t have to work as hard to pump blood around the body. If you do have high blood pressure, exercise can help lower it. If you don’t have high blood pressure, exercise can help prevent it from rising as you age.

 

3. Stronger Muscles

Strong muscles means your body better at pulling oxygen from the circulating blood stream. This means your heart doesn’t have to work as hard to pump the blood around your body. Again the knock on effect is lower blood pressure.

 

4. Cardiac Rehabilitation

If you’ve had a heart issue in the past, then a carefully planned physical activity routine will play an important part of recovery and rehabilitation, helping you reduce the risk of future issues. A recent review that has examined the effectiveness of exercise based Cardiac Rehabilitation in patients with Coronary Heart Diesase, has confirmed that patients may reduce mortality by 31% (Taylow al.,2004).

 

 

5. Fights Stress

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Stress and anxiety have been scientifically linked to a range of heart issues, primarily because they affect behaviours that lead to increased risk of heart disease. Stress can often lead to unhealthy lifestyle choice like an increase in smoking or drinking, overeating and inactivity. Exercise can alleviate stress by producing endorphins in the body which act as a kind of natural pain killer.

 

 

 

 

 

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Convinced of the transformative effects on exercise on your heart but not sure where or how to start? Make an appointment for a FREE consultation today with one of our Dundrum Personal Trainers. They can help you create a regular fitness routine that will have huge benefits on your health. We offer Personal Training plans along with fun fitness classes in our Dundrum gym.