Special Contribution to Austin MD by Stephanie Flores, FRAME Club
Exercise can improve heart health and even reverse some heart disease risk factors. The heart will become stronger as a result of exercise, so it can pump more blood through the body with every beat and continue working at maximum level, if needed, with less strain. The resting heart rate of those who exercise is also slower, because less effort is needed to pump blood.
A person who exercises often and vigorously has the lowest risk for heart disease, but any amount of exercise is beneficial. Studies consistently find that light-to-moderate exercise is even beneficial in people with existing heart disease. Note, however, that anyone with heart disease or cardiac risk factors should seek medical advice before beginning a workout program.
Cardiovascular exercise is beneficial and effective to your health. It can increase your cardiovascular endurance, fat oxidation, heart strength, cardiac muscle mass, blood flow, and oxygen supply. However, if you are pressed for time you may consider Interval Training. It is best to implement them both to have a balance between pushing yourself and allowing proper recovery time.
Want to try Interval Training?
Here is an alternative to steady state running that can be done on a treadmill, track, or trail. Warm up at a low to moderate intensity for about 5-10 minutes. Then sprint for 30 seconds and walk for 30 seconds. Repeat for approximately 15 – 20 minutes, followed by a 10 minute cooldown and stretch.
Or come in to our gym in Austin and let one of our trainers help you develop a workout routine that works for you!