Exercising For A Healthy Heart

on Wednesday, 23 November 2011. Posted in Fitness for wellness, Exercise and Fitness Written By: Archana Mahendra

Exercising For A Healthy Heart

The heart is a muscular organ that pumps blood into your body. Like the other muscles, the heart too needs exercise to stay strong and healthy. Regular exercise is important in preventing any heart disease; and this is one advice which you must take to heart!

The heart is a muscular organ that pumps blood into your body. Like the other muscles, the heart too needs exercise to stay strong and healthy. Regular exercise is important in preventing any heart disease; and this is one advice which you must take to heart!

Heart disease affects women just as much as it affects men. Yet regular exercise, a good diet and healthy lifestyle choices can help prevent heart diseases.

How exercises benefit the heart

Regular exercise, especially ***aerobics*** improves blood flow, lowers your ***blood pressure*** and ***blood cholesterol*** and helps prevent heart disease and ***stroke*** by strengthening the heart muscle. Stronger heart muscles can pump more blood through the body with every beat and can work at maximum level, if needed, with less strain.

How to begin exercising

Heart Health Trivia

Even at rest, the heart muscles work twice as hard as the leg muscles of a person running.

A breakup with a loved one or news of a family death can increase risk for heart attack.

Developing gum diseases can increase risks of heart attack or stroke by 50%.Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.

Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease.

High blood pressure is one of the most common risks linked to heart health, followed by heart attack. It is also called as the "silent killer."

Always begin slowly and steadily. Going for a walk and using stairs instead of elevators is always the best way to begin exercising. One really does not need to join a gym or invest in expensive equipment for regular exercise. Activities such as walking, swimming, jogging, rope skipping and cycling are enough to provide the heart a healthy workout. Health experts recommend exercising for 30 to 60 minutes three to five days a week, for keeping the heart fit.

Precautions to be taken

• One must always consult their doctor before beginning to exercise, especially those with a history of heart disease, high blood pressure, or those who have not exercised in a long time.

• You must have your doctor's approval before you lift weights, jog or swim.

• Always warm up before vigorous exercising.

• Never indulge in vigorous outdoor exercise in very hot or cold weather, or within two hours of a heavy meal.

Most effective exercises for the heart

Stretching: Stretching is a form of physical exercise in which a specific skeletal muscle (or muscle group) is deliberately elongated. Stretching your arms and legs provide flexibility to the body and there by prevent injury and muscle strain. Stretching must be done before exercising for warming up and after exercising to allow the body to relax.

Cardiovascular or aerobic: These are exercises that involving the large muscles, such as legs. This includes running, walking, jogging, bicycling, jump-roping, and swimming and some types of skiing. These exercises help in strengthening both the heart and lungs.

Strengthening: These are done to strengthen the body muscles and reduce body fat. They are done by lifting or pushing weights. These exercises are best done under supervision of an expert at a fitness center.

Exercising will only reap results when done on a regular basis. Hence ensure you select an exercise activity that you enjoy, so that you can pursue it as a routine. Exercising with your partner or friends also ensures that this routine doesn't turn mundane.

Remember it's never too old to start and never too young to begin taking care of your heart. So start exercising 'now' for a healthy heart.

 

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