Your heart is what beats almost every second of every day for as long as you live, the centre of our body which pumps fresh oxygen to our muscles and brain, and just like a muscle it needs to be cared for and strengthened.
Inactivity is one of the major risk factors for heart disease. However, exercise helps improve heart health, and can even reverse some heart disease risk factors.
Like all muscles, the heart becomes stronger as a result of exercise, so it can pump more blood through the body with every beat and continue working at maximum level, if needed, with less strain. The resting heart rate of those who exercise is also slower, because less effort is needed to pump blood.
A person who exercises often and vigorously has the lowest risk for heart disease, but any amount of exercise is beneficial. Consistently performing in light-to-moderate exercise is even beneficial in people who want to prevent developing any such heart diseases and can even assist those with existing heart disease. However, if you have a genetic history of heart conditions, advice from a doctor is necessary before commencing an exercise program.
An exercise program can be either based on cardiovascular exercise, for example:
-Stationary bike or outdoor cycling
Or based on strength training, for example
Both heighten the bodies need for oxygen and promote open and efficient airways in between the lungs, heart and airways/arteries.
Some of the other great benefits of exercising at least 30minutes a day include.
-Lowering your risk of diabetes type 2
-Helping those who have quit smoking get on the road to recovery or otherwise called, cardiac rehabilitation assisting in repairing the damage done the lungs and airways.
-Building stronger immunity
-Reducing blood pressure in people who already have high blood pressure.
-Helping to reduce stress, tension, depression and anxiety.
Finally, one of the best reasons for exercising is just purely living longer, it is hard to pinpoint how many days, months, years an exercise can promote a longer lifespan. Regardless if we have anything that can assist us in leading healthier, longer lives then it is worth having a go.
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