Boost Your Heart Health
Keeping your heart healthy isn’t just about keeping your weight under control, eating the healthy foods and warding off the artery damage from high cholesterol, high blood sugar and high blood pressure that can lead to heart attack or stroke.
Exercising the heart by adding in some physically active is a major step toward good heart health. It’s one of your most effective tools for strengthening the heart muscle. The stronger your heart is the more power it has in one heartbeat and so needs to beat less times a minute to keep the blood flowering around the body.
I have worked with clients who’s resting heart rate (pulse) has been above 80 beats per minute and after just a few weeks of exercise the heart gets strong and that rate changes, coming down to the 60s and some even in the 50s.
Getting Out of Breath
So when did you last get out of breath? Walking up some stairs? Running for the bus? Chasing the grandchildren round the garden?
Adding in some aerobic exercise not only helps to improve strength of your heart it also has other major health benefits, it helps reduce blood pressure, improves your vascular function, helps prevent cardio diseases such as heart attacks and strokes and also helps reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
And there are also benefits for your respiratory system, it will improve your lung capacity and increase your blood flow to your lungs, allowing the lungs to deliver more oxygen to the blood.
Proceed with Caution
Please take care when changing or introducing a new exercise routine. Consult your doctor if you are on any medication for existing conditions. Also consult a personal trainer who can introduce you to a programme to suit you.
If you haven’t been very active or got your heart rate up in a long time then begin slowly and for shorter periods of time. You should always keep within your target heart rate zone (more information on heart rate zones coming soon)
How Much Exercise & What Exercise?
That really does depend on you, taking into account different factors of age, ability, lifestyle and time factors. So consulting an expert is the best way to find out what is best for you. Any exercise is better than no exercise.
The types of exercise are brisk walking, running, swimming, cycling, playing tennis etc.
Anything that gets the breathing up a little, the heart-pumping more and something you enjoy.
Look after your heart.