Exercises are the best gift you can give to your heart. Exercising at the correct intensity can help you get the most out of your physical activity — making sure you’re not pushing too hard or too little. Here are few of the benefits exercises can provide to your heart:
Lowering the blood pressure
Exercise works like beta-blocker medication to slow the heart rate and lower blood pressure (at rest and also when exercising). High blood pressure is one of the major risk factors for heart diseases.
Especially when combined with a smart diet, being physically active is an essential component for losing weight and even more important for keeping it off which in turn helps in optimizing your health. Being overweight puts stress on the heart and is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke.
Stress hormones can put an extra burden on the heart. Exercise—whether aerobic (like running), resistance-oriented (like weight training) or flexibility-focused (like yoga)—can help you relax and ease stress.
Reduction in inflammation
With regular exercise, chronic inflammation is reduced as the body adapts to the challenge of exercise on many bodily systems. This is an important factor for reducing the adverse effects of many of the diseases just mentioned.
Helps you strengthen your muscles
A combination of aerobic workouts (which, depending on your fitness level, can include walking, running, swimming, and other vigorous heart-pumping exercises) and strength training (weight lifting, resistance training) is considered best for heart health. These exercises improve the muscles’ ability to draw oxygen from the circulating blood. That reduces the need for the heart—a muscular organ itself—to work harder to pump more blood to the muscles, whatever your age.
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