Exercise is a body activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health and wellness. It is performed for various reasons - to aid growth and improve strength, develop muscles, hone athletic skills and improve health.
At least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity daily can significantly improve your heart health. We list down more benefits of regular exercise to your heart.
Lowers blood pressure. Regular exercise will eventually make your heart stronger, which will allow it to exert less pressure on your arteries and lower your blood pressure.
Reduce your risk of heart diseases. The increased blood flow you can get from exercising raises the oxygen levels in your body. This in turn helps lower your risk of heart diseases like high cholesterol, coronary artery disease, and heart attack.
Improve blood flow. Exercises like aerobic workouts (walking, running, swimming) and strength training (weight lifting, resistance training) improve the muscles’ ability to draw oxygen from the circulating blood.
Helps in weight control. Obesity can lead to a number of serious health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, and some types of cancer. Exercise can help prevent obesity. Exercise is helpful for weight loss and maintaining weight loss by burning extra calories.
Stop or slow the development of diabetes. According to a John Hopkins research, regular aerobic exercise “can reduce the risk of developing diabetes by over 50% by allowing the muscles to better process glycogen, a fuel for energy, which when impaired, leads to excessive blood sugars, and thus diabetes.”
It is never too late to incorporate exercise into your daily lives! Get moving today!
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