Why is it important to have a healthy heart?
Your heart is responsible for pumping blood with oxygen and nutrients to other vital organs and tissues of your body. Within a 66 year lifetime, this muscular organ will beat approximately 2.5 billion times, pumping 4.9-5.6 L of blood per minute around your body.
Your health and vitality relies on the effective functioning of your cardiovascular system. There are a number of different conditions that can affect the function of the heart, some of these are congenital and some of these conditions are related to lifestyle choices, that is, they can be prevented!
Did you know that exercise can not only prevent, but it can also help treat and alleviate symptoms of a number of cardiovascular conditions?
Can I exercise with a heart condition?
Regular low to moderate-intensity exercise for people with CHD prevents the blood vessels narrowing further, prevents blood clotting, increases delivery of blood to the heart and helps maintain a normal heart rhythm. It is strongly recommended you consult your doctor prior to engaging in any exercise program.
These changes reduce the load on the heart at rest and during exercise, which helps to lesson some of the symptoms of CHD.
Get in touch with an AAP Accredited Exercise Physiologist for more advice!