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Exercising and a Healthy Heart

Exercise has a positive effect on the functioning of the heart and it has been shown to reduce the risk of developing heart disease. Heart is made of muscles and like other muscles it becomes stronger with regular exercise which enables it to pump blood around your body more effectively. If you exercise regularly, the resting heart rate decreases as it requires less effort to pump the blood.

The many benefits of doing exercise on the heart are:

  • It strengthens the heart and cardiovascular system.
  • It improves the circulation and helps the body to use oxygen better.
  • It improves heart failure symptoms.
  • It increases energy levels.
  • It lowers blood pressure.
  • It improves muscle tone and strength and makes you look fit and feel healthy.
  • It helps to reduce body fat and reach a healthy weight.
  • It helps lower stress, tension and depression.
  • It makes you feel relaxed and rested.

A moderately intense cardiovascular exercise for 30 minutes a day, five times a week is advised for maintaining a healthy heart and to reduce risks of chronic heart disease. Any exercise that gets you moving and raise your heart rate will help to lessen the risk of developing heart problems.