The heart is the most important muscle in your body and exercise will help make it stronger and pump more efficiently. A benefit to adding exercise into your daily schedule is exercise’s help in controlling or reducing your risk for stroke and heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States.
Aerobic exercise is the main type of exercise that the heart will benefit from. Aerobic exercise does not necessarily mean you need to do a five mile run everyday, but is any type of continuous exercise that increases your heart and breathing rate and uses large muscles such as your arms and/or legs. Try going for a walk, choosing to take the stairs instead of the elevator, going on a leisurely bicycle ride or even a swim. Studies have shown exercise provides the following benefits for your heart:
- Control or reduce blood pressure
- Prevent or control diabetes
- Reduce cholesterol
- Increase the good cholesterol
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Reduce or control weight
It is recommended that you exercise most days of the week for a minimum of 30 minutes at a time. It does not have to be a vigorous exercise, any slight to moderate movement will show results. If you are just starting an exercise program, you may need to see your doctor before starting. Find a Crittenton Cardiologist Specialist, or learn more about Crittenton’s complete cardiac care and screenings. Crittenton’s Cardiovascular Program ranks in the top 10% nationwide.
Crittenton has been designated as both an accredited stroke and chest pain center.