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
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.