Exercise for your Heart’s Sake

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In India 20% of the population have chronic heart conditions and it is slowly catching up to become a major epidemic. Exercise is the best possible physical activity for oneself! It helps to keep your muscles flexible, joints stronger, alleviates stress and relaxes your body and mind at the same time.

Physical activity is crucial for general health and wellbeing, maintaining a healthy weight will let you control your cholesterol, blood pressure and triglycerides. Try aerobic exercise which is known to decrease heart disease risk by 20–60% or go for a mix including various physical activities like swimming, jumping rope, bike riding or simply jogging. Exercise is important to lower your risk of heart diseases, a 30 minute workout on most days is enough to help you lose weight, improve cholesterol, lower blood pressure as much as by 5 to 7 points. In fact some studies show that light to moderate exercise is able to give you better health benefits for the simplest reason that it is easier to stick to the routine.

Usually a busy work life leaves you with little time for exercise, resulting in a sedentary lifestyle all the way doubling up the risk involved with coronary diseases. This is similar to the increased risk you’d have if you smoked, had high cholesterol, or had high blood pressure. A little exercise helps in making your heart more efficient and better in pumping blood throughout as well as helping your body’s tissue to pull out oxygen from the blood better. This means that the heart pumps more blood with each beat, allowing it to beat slower and keep your blood pressure under control. When you exercise regularly you build connections between your blood vessels so that you can have other routes for the blood to flow just in case one of the usual path gets blocked or clogged due to fatty deposits.

Exercise allows your heart to work better under stress and keeps you from getting winded during high-intensity activities. It also increases your levels of HDL cholesterol, the “good” cholesterol which lowers heart disease risk by flushing the artery-clogging LDL or “bad” cholesterol out of your system. It will not only keep your weight down but also improve your mood, lower cancer risks, improve balance , increase energy, help you sleep better and reduce your risk for osteoporosis by increasing your bone mass. Let your doctor help you out in designing an exercise routine that’s right for you. Be sure to check with your doctor if you haven’t exercised in a long time or if you have a history of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, dizziness, or exercise-related pain.

Exercise for your Heart’s Sake
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