The heart is one of the most vital organs of the body. It is a muscle that gets stronger and healthier if you lead an active life. And it’s not too late to start exercising to keep your heart functioning at its peak. People who don’t exercise are almost twice as likely to get heart disease as people who are active.
Regular physical exercise can:
- Helps burn calories.
- Lowers your blood pressure.
- Reduce your low-density lipoprotein (LDL also known as the “bad”) cholesterol.
- Boost your high-density lipoprotein (HDL also known as the “good”) cholesterol.
- Reduce the risk of you having obesity, heart disease, type II diabetes, stroke and some types of cancer.
- Activates your immune system.
- Boosts your mood.
- Decreases depression, stress and anxiety.
- Prevents overheating of the body.
- Makes blood circulate faster and more energetically.
- Immunes you to cardiovascular diseases.
- Helps you maintain mobility as you get older.
- Keeps your mind sharp and enhances your mental health.
And how do you get started?
- First, think about what you’d like to do and how fit you are.
- What sounds like fun to you?
- Would you rather workout on your own, with a trainer or in a class?
- Do you want to exercise at home or at a gym?
- If you want to do something that’s harder than what you can do right now, fine.
- Set a goal and build up on it.
- If you want to run, you can start by walking and then add bursts of jogging into your walks, gradually start running for longer than you walk.
- Talk to a doctor before you actually get started. He’ll make sure you’re ready for whatever activity you have in mind, and will let you know about any limits on what you can do.
There are different types of exercise you can do. They are:
Aerobic: is an exercise that involves the arms, legs and hips. It includes running or jogging on the spot, walking on the treadmill, rope skipping, swimming, cycling, circuit-training, or calisthenics among others. Aerobic exercise improves the heart and entire circulatory system of the body extensively than other easy-pace everyday activities.
Stretching: is another type of exercise. You’ll become more flexible if you do this a couple of times a week. Stretch after you’ve warmed up or finished exercising. Stretch gently – it doesn’t hurt.
Strength training: is an exercise for which you can use weights, resistance bands, or your own body weight (yoga, for instance). Do it 2 – 3 times a week. Let your muscles recover for a day between sessions.
Committing yourself to these physical exercises outlined above result to your hobby in the long run if maintained regularly. So what are you waiting for? Start exercising your way to a healthy heart.