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How does aerobic exercise help heart disease patients?

Aerobic exercise requires added oxygen to be pushed through the body to your muscles and your heart is one of the biggest and hardest working muscles we have. By being active and walking, your body is getting the essential exercise that is needed. If you have been cleared by your physician to walk then be sure to follow that guidance. Your body thrives off of exercise and aerobic exercise will help add oxygen to your muscles to help keep you strong!

“Cardio,” or aerobic, exercise is repetitive, rhythmic exercise that increases your heart rate and requires you to use more oxygen. Common examples include walking, bicycling, jogging, swimming, vacuuming, scrubbing, and shoveling.

Cardio exercise is imperative to your heart health for many reasons. For example, cardio exercise:

  • Provides aerobic conditioning - this is when the heart muscle becomes stronger due to exercise, which makes it pump more efficiently. Therefore, your resting heart rate is reduced and the heart does not need to work as hard;
  • Strengthens the muscles used during breathing and throughout the body;
  • Burns extra calories, which helps reduce body fat and manage weight;
  • Improves circulation;
  • Increases red blood cells in the body, which helps transport oxygen to all tissues of the body that need it;
  • Improves mental health, reduces stress, and lowers the incidence of depression; and
  • Reduces the risk of heart attack, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.