We all know that exercise is the best benefit to your heart, helping it to pump blood through the blood more efficiently and function normally. With an ill-functioning heart, people can run the risk of serious cardiovascular diseases such as a heart attack or stroke. The heart is a muscle like any other muscle in the body, and exercise helps it perform in a more efficient manner, so it’s important to give the same exercise to our heart as other parts of our bodies!

So, what actually happens to our heart when we exercise?

As you begin exercising regularly, your heart will contract faster and circulation will increase. This gets oxygenated blood to your muscles quicker, therefore, the increase in oxygen delivery increased tenfold. Your heart is doing exactly what it was made to do! Exercise has long-term cardiovascular benefits such as raising HDL (good) cholesterol and lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol. It can also help you to sustain a healthy weight as it helps you to burn calories and raise your heart rate and lower blood pressure in individuals who may struggle with elevated blood pressure.

How much exercise to reap these benefits?

Walking, jogging, swimming, etc. are just some of the amazing aerobic exercises that have great effects on the body. 30 minutes of these exercises 5 days a week can be a huge help not just on the body, but specifically the cardiovascular system. This doesn’t need to be extensive or intense exercise either; it can be a light exercise five days a week or more moderate for 3 days a week. Either way, any movement is good movement and another benefit for you to reap!

The best exercises to strengthen the heart

There are exercises out there that are very specific to heart health and improvement. These exercises include:

  • Walking
  • Jogging
  • Swimming
  • Weight Training
  • Yoga
  • Interval Training
  • Cycling

Movements and activity like this may be difficult for you at first if you’re not someone who works out regularly. Keep it slow, ease yourself into it, and you’ll find yourself feeling stronger and ready to take on heavier, more intensive workouts in no time!

Keep a Routine

If you don’t exercise, you’re more than twice as likely to get heart disease than someone who does exercise. Keeping a regular exercise routine in your daily agenda will not only help your external body but also internal (obviously your heart, in this case!)

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