High and Low Impact Exercises for Your Heart
Having a healthy heart is vital to good overall health. That’s why Vasolabs encourages doctors to recommend exercises that strengthen the heart and improve cardiovascular health. We’re not trying to promote exercise so you can change your appearance–simply so patients can feel their best!
If you’re a doctor looking for exercises for heart health to recommend to your patients, look no further.
Exercise for Heart Health
Exercising to improve heart health doesn’t have to be fancy or extravagant. It’s generally best to start simple since you’re more likely to stick with it.
When choosing an exercise, there are a variety of low and high intensity exercises to choose from.
It’s important to remember that high-impact workouts aren’t superior to low-impact workouts. The main difference between the two is the amount of time you have to spend exercising to increase your heart rate and working the muscle. Because low-impact workouts run your heart rate at a lower rate compared to high-impact exercise, you will have to work out longer. Other than that, the overall health benefits of low-impact workouts are comparable to high-impact workouts.
High-Impact Exercises that Promote Heart Health
There are several options for high-impact exercises that promote positive heart health. We would argue that helping your body work properly and reducing your risk of major illnesses or heart issues is the best benefit of exercising.
Here are a few high-impact exercises that are great for supporting your heart’s function:
- Weight lifting helps you build muscle and boosts your endurance by increasing lean muscle mass. Additionally, it gives your cardiovascular system places to send the blood being pumped which can result in less pressure on your arteries.
- High-intensity interval training (HIIT) consists of short bursts of high-intensity exercise and low-intensity training which increases your heart health and helps it to function properly. There can be limits to the benefit of HIIT exercises, so consider mixing up your weekly routine with other training options.
- Cycling improves your heart, lungs, and circulation, which can reduce your risk of cardiovascular diseases. Vigorous activity and increasing your heart and breathing rate strengthens your heart, lowers your resting pulse, and reduces fat blood levels.
- Running can lower your risk of heart disease just like walking, but because your heart rate is higher than walking, you don’t have to exercise for as long.
Remember, the goal of these exercises is to safely increase your pulse and breathing rate to work your heart muscle. You should always consult your doctor before starting a new exercise regimen.
Low-Impact Exercises that Promote Heart Health
As we mentioned earlier, low-impact exercises are not inferior to high-impact workouts. Actually, doing a low-impact workout can be more beneficial to supporting positive heart health, because you can focus on raising your heart rate without worrying as much about proper form or being limited by how much pressure your muscles and joints can comfortably tolerate.
Here are a few low-impact exercises that are great for supporting your heart’s function:
- Walking is a great cardio exercise that is low impact, so people of all endurance levels can do it. You can reduce your risk of coronary heart disease by walking 30 minutes a day 5 days a week.
- Swimming is another great option for people of all endurance levels. It works the heart and lungs. Also, swimming trains the body to use oxygen more efficiently, which can lower the resting heart and breathing rate. When your heart is utilizing oxygen more efficiently, you reduce the stress put on your heart, which lowers the risk of sudden heart attacks.
- Yoga may not be the first thing you think of for promoting heart health, but yoga promotes strength and flexibility and improves cholesterol and blood glucose levels. It’s also been seen to lower blood pressure when you work the connection between your mind and body. More practically, yoga helps your mobility, making daily activities easier on your body.
Additional Benefits of Cardio
Not only do cardiovascular exercises promote heart health, but they also improve your muscle’s ability to pull oxygen out of the blood. This reduces the need for your heart to pump more blood to the muscles.
Additionally, cardio reduces your stress hormones (which are known to put extra stress on your heart) and works like a beta blocker to slow down the heart rate and lower your blood pressure.
Also, don’t forget that it’s important to couple consistent exercise with a well-rounded diet that fuels your body and helps it run optimally. With the guidance of a trusted doctor or nutritionist, you can make sure your current eating habits are best for your body.
Contact Vasolabs to Learn More About Preventing Heart Disease
At Vasolabs, we want to stamp out disease and save lives through heart disease prevention. We want families to enjoy their loved ones for longer, and we want patients to experience all the wonders of life. For physicians who work with patients for heart health, consider recommending the exercises in this article to keep your patients healthy and strong.
If you’re a physician, contact us to see how we can partner together to provide you with the most accurate information possible to help patients by the early prevention of heart disease–and ideally eliminating their need for treatment.