February is American Heart Month. Your heart works nonstop whether you’re hard at work or taking a break. Keeping a healthy heart should always be a priority.
One easy way for seniors to keep their heart healthy is through regular, low-impact exercise. Seniors should aim for 2.5 hours of moderate exercise every week.
What are the positive effects and benefits of exercise for the heart?
Optimal heart health
Even if you already have heart issues, appropriate cardiovascular exercise can help regulate blood pressure, improve circulation, and manage chronic illnesses, like diabetes.
Consistent aerobic exercise positively impacts blood sugar levels and helps manage type 2 diabetes.
Strength through training
Performing weight-bearing exercise like walking or resistance training with hand weights or bands helps make you stronger and increases the size of your muscles. It also helps control unhealthy fat levels, which is good for your heart.
Improves your mood
When you exercise, your body produces hormones called endorphins, which help boost your mood. When we’re in a good mood, we are more likely to make good choices that positively affect our heart, like healthy food.
Keeping your heart happy and healthy is all about the small things you do each day. Remember, always consult a doctor or healthcare professional before beginning any new exercise or diet routine.