Here are some tips on how aerobic exercise helps the heart. Aerobic exercise causes the body to burn more calories, and increases your metabolic rate. The cardiovascular system is made up of the heart, blood, and blood vessels. The cardiovascular system is your body’s delivery system. Blood moving from the heart, delivers oxygen and nutrients to every part of the body. On the return trip, the blood picks up waste products so that your body can get rid of them. So how does aerobic exercise help the heart?
- Aerobic exercise increases the workload of the cardiovascular system. This increased efficiency results in the muscles of your cardiovascular system having to perform less work to transport more blood and oxygen to your body at rest. It also conditions the muscles and organs of the cardiovascular system.
- Aerobic exercise increases your endurance, strengthens your heart, and allows for faster recovery from exercise. This allows you to perform more intense aerobic workouts, at more frequent intervals. It also improves muscle tone and strength.
- When you heart is functioning well, your resting heart rate slows. A resting heart rate of less than 60 beats per minute is an indicator of good health. Aerobic exercise helps your heart by lowering your resting heart rate, and your heart will beat faster and improve circulation during exercise, which increases blood flow to your muscles and back to your lungs.
- Aerobic exercises improve heart failure symptoms. If you experience chest pain, or tightening in your chest, aerobics will improve your circulation and help your body use oxygen better. It will also increase your energy levels so you can do more activities without becoming tired or short of breath.
Some common aerobic exercises include walking at a brisk pace, jogging, swimming, step aerobics, jumping rope, running on a treadmill, or performing an elliptical cross trainer workout. Get your doctor's approval before you lift weights, use a weight machine, jog, or swim.