You//Fitness and Health
by Chris Smith
Looking to stay fit and healthy? What about lowering your cholesterol levels and keeping your blood pressure in check? If this is what you want, start regularly exercising now to reap the benefits.
The benefits of exercise go beyond weight loss and muscle gains. Regular physical activity improves cardiovascular health and helps prevent strokes, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.
Exercise and Cardiovascular Health
An overwhelming number of studies indicate that exercise keeps your heart healthy and wards off diseases. Researchers have found a strong link between cardiovascular health and physical fitness. Regular exercise improves circulation, lowers high blood pressure, increases lung capacity, and strengthens your heart. It also relieves stress and helps reduce body fat, which lowers your risk of cardiovascular disease.
The heart-health benefits of exercise are huge - a single 30-45 minute workout is all it takes to make your blood pressure return to normal for up to three hours.
What Type of Exercise Is Best?
Any type of exercise is beneficial to your health and the best thing about cardiovascular and strength activities are that they are easily accessible. Lifting weights causes repeated muscle contractions, which strengthens your heart and improves your overall fitness. Cardio exercises burn fat and enhance your body’s ability to use oxygen. If you can’t go to the gym, work out at home – or simply get outside and enjoy the fresh air.
Bodyweight exercises, jogging, tennis, swimming, volleyball, cycling, and brisk walking will keep your heart in shape. If you don’t have time for playing regular sport, then ensure you get your heart rate pumping by engaging with all opportunities available – running home from work, commuting by bike, a brisk walk at lunch. The list goes on.
Aim for at least 150 minutes of exercise a week - the more active you are, the better. Try different moves every time, add interval training to your workout routine, and stretch your arms and legs properly. Exercise is more effective at preventing stroke, heart disease, and high cholesterol than medical drugs and is an easier, potentially life changing solution to a number of health issues. Lifelong physical activity is the best way to protect your heart and enjoy optimal health. The moral of the story? What are you waiting for, get exercising now.
Chris Smith is the Managing Director at Vivi Nation