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The Basics of Good Health and Nutrition
In addition to maintaining a healthy diet and incorporating heart healthy nutrients, exercise is also very important to maintain a healthy heart and aid in the prevention and reversal of heart disease.
According to the American Heart Association, you should include at least 30 to 60 minutes of moderate intensity exercise, three to four days a week.
Why is exercise important?
Many studies have proven that improving and maintaining your physical fitness will significantly lower your risk of heart disease development and all other illnesses.
The fact is, regular exercise keeps your body in healthy condition, and a healthy body can ward off disease much better than an unconditioned one.
Types of Exercise and Specific Effects
The word aerobic means “oxygen-producing”, and as such aerobic exercise stimulates the production of oxygen. Aerobic exercises include those where you are in motion such as: walking, running, biking, swimming, etc. Aerobic exercises increase heart rate for an extended period of time.
When your heart rate increases, more blood is circulated around your body, providing necessary oxygen to your cells and tissues.
Regular aerobic exercise is very important for maintaining heart health.
Anaerobic exercise comprises short-lived, intense bursts such as sprints and weight lifting. Whereas aerobic exercise is best for cardiovascular strength and endurance, anaerobic exercise is best for muscle strength and flexibility.
This will help you maintain your health and avoid injury.
Should you do aerobic or anaerobic exercise?
Although it depends on the time you can allot to exercise each day, we recommend a combination of aerobic and anaerobic exercises.
Cardiovascular health and muscle strength will greatly improve as a result of this combination.
Make sure to stretch during your routine as it will warm up and loosen your muscles, as well as help prevent injury.
Benefits of a Regular Exercise Routine
- Improvement of cardiovascular efficiency – heart & lung function.
- Improvement of strength and endurance
- Increase in energy levels and metabolism
- Relief of stress and tension
- Increase in range of motion and flexibility