Your heart is basically one big muscle, the muscle you need to exercise so all your other muscles get oxygen and work more efficiently. To keep your heart healthy, it is important to give it a good workout regularly which is why exercise is so important. Exercise increases your heart rate which gives your heart that workout we speak about.
The video below explains what happens to your heart when you exercise to try and help you visualise it better.
So during exercise, your heart rate is raised which increases the health of your heart, and yourself. There are many advantages to having an increased heart rate which include;
- Burning Fat
- Weight Loss
- Improved Stamina
- Improved Recovery
- Decreased Cholesterol
- Fewer Viral infections
All of these of course make your body healthier and stronger. Most notably and specific for the heart, are the decreased cholesterol and improved stamina.
If you have high cholesterol levels, it will affect your heart negatively. This is because when there is too much cholesterol in your blood, it starts to build up in the walls of your arteries causing a form of heart disease. Your arteries become narrow and blood flow decreases. This then makes your heart slow down and struggle to beat properly to get enough oxygen around the body which is a serious problem. By raising your heart rate, it helps reduce the levels of bad cholesterol, making you and your heart healthier.
As for stamina, the more you exercise, the fitter you become, and the better your stamina becomes. If you have bad stamina, it means you and your heart are very unfit which is dangerous as your heart is your most important muscle. You need to look after it, and by exercising more, your stamina levels increase making you less susceptible to various heart diseases and health complications.
So, now you know what your heart does during exercise, and the importance of ensuring you are exercising to keep your heart functioning properly. Make sure you’re #HeartSmart and do take this in board, and feel free to let us know how you’re making changes to be the best you can be!