- Exercise strengthens your heart and cardiovascular system. It trains your heart to pump blood more efficiently so that it doesn’t have to work as hard with each beat and reduces the number of beats per minute to achieve the same result.
- Exercise teaches your body how to use oxygen more efficiently, making every day tasks easier and reduces general fatigue. This is why even though we think exercise will make us tired, it actually gives us more energy!
- Exercise improves the ability of blood vessels to dilate in response to increased activity, improving vessel wall function, and lowering blood pressure over time.
So what should we be doing to get the most out of our exercises? Recent research makes several suggestions for the best workouts for heart health.
- Interval training. Alternating high intensity exercise with gentle recovery efforts.
- Strength training, including core work. Adding lean muscle mass and reducing body fat (especially visceral fat) reduces strain on the heart.
- Staying active in general. Avoid prolonged periods of sitting, even if you exercise regularly. Being sedentary decreases proper circulation encouraging your heart to work harder.
Move-It Monday – for your Heart!