Saturday, April 29, 2023

Running for Heart Health


Did you know that running can also improve your heart health? Of course you did. Running is probably the OG cardio workout. But just in case, according to the American Heart Association, running can lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular conditions.

Running is a form of aerobic exercise that can be beneficial for your heart in several ways. When you run, your heart rate increases, which helps to improve cardiovascular fitness and strengthen the heart muscle. Here are some specific ways running can benefit your heart:

  1. Increases heart strength: Running makes the heart work harder, which over time can strengthen the heart muscle and make it more efficient at pumping blood throughout the body.

  2. Improves blood circulation: Running can help to improve blood circulation, which can reduce the risk of developing heart disease. Regular exercise can also help to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, which are both risk factors for heart disease.

  3. Promotes healthy weight: Running can help you to maintain a healthy weight, which is important for heart health. Excess body weight puts added stress on the heart and increases the risk of developing heart disease.

  4. Reduces stress: Regular exercise, including running, can help to reduce stress levels, which can have a positive impact on heart health. High levels of stress can increase the risk of heart disease.

Overall, running is an excellent form of exercise for improving heart health. However, if you have any underlying health conditions or concerns, it's always best to speak with your doctor before starting a new exercise routine. 

As a running coach, I can help you develop a training plan that is tailored to your heart health goals. Whether you are looking to lower your blood pressure or improve your overall cardiovascular fitness, I can help you achieve your goals.

Next week, we’ll look into how running can help with weight loss.

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