Improve Cardiovascular Health Through Fitness
By Brandi Swieter
Heart disease can happen to anyone, particularly those who choose to eat unhealthy foods and avoid exercise. Cardiovascular health can be improved through fitness, ensuring a reduced risk for heart disease and other heart-related problems. Just 30 minutes a day will help.
Doing a few push-ups or lifting weights won’t do much for the heart. The goal is to get in some good aerobic exercise that gets the heart pumping and blood flowing. A person shouldn’t be so out of breath that they can’t at least talk while exercising, but they should be feeling it enough that they do have to make a conscious effort to hold a conversation. With a strengthened heart, cardiovascular health will be improved.
Better Blood Flow
With regular exercise, blood is able to flow better from the heart to other areas of the body. Arteries that normally get clogged are better able to allow blood through as the small blood vessels around the heart work more efficiently. With more physical activity, the vessels will work overtime to do their job and keep the heart pumping well. Further connections between surrounding vessels will be made, allowing blood to flow through even when there is a blockage. There are more paths for the blood to take so it can reach the heart as it needs to rather than getting stopped in its tracks.
HDL cholesterol is known as good cholesterol. More of it helps to flush bad cholesterol, or LDL, out of the body’s system. This allows the arteries to remain open, as higher levels of LDL clog the arteries quickly. Exercise raises the levels of HDL so it can attack the bad version and get it out of the body. All in all this will reduce the risk of heart disease developing.
Depression and Heart Disease
Depression takes a toll on far more than just the mind. The heart can be impacted as well, with more people experiencing heart failure who also suffer from depression. Exercise can improve mood and combat symptoms of depression, making it able to aid in both diseases. The more exercise a person gets, the better their chances at stopping symptoms of both depression and heart disease in their tracks. It leads to both improved cardiovascular health and mental health.
Use fitness to improve cardiovascular health. It will reduce the risk of heart disease, and therefore heart attacks, as well as improve the overall health of your mind and body. For added improvement, see a chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic for an assessment and adjustment.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Eastvale, Calif.