Exercise has long been recognized as a powerful tool for improving heart heath.
Your heart is a muscle. It gets stronger and healthier the more active you are. When done regularly, physical activity helps your heart improve blood flow throughout your body.
This benefits everything from your lungs to your joints. One thing I tell my patients when they ask about exercise is the most important thing they can do is get started. Don’t wait for the perfect routine or idea, just get started.
Regular exercise has other health benefits as well. Along with strengthening your heart, regular exercise will burn calories, lower your blood pressure and can reduce bad cholesterol.
Your joints also benefit from the exercise. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), nearly a third of adults with arthritis are physically inactive. Yet a CDC study shows that severe joint pain is more common among adults with arthritis who are physically inactive. In short, the best thing for joints is movement. Being active helps to lubricate the joints and recover range of motion. Best of all it is a low-cost alternative to reduce joint pain and improve heart health.
You don’t have to be an athlete to create and maintain an exercise routine. When your joints are stiff and painful, the last thing you want to do is run or swim for an extended period. There is no need to run a marathon or spend an hour in the gym. Moderate exercise can be enough to improve heart health and relieve joint pain.
In fact, it is best to not overdo it. Some may push themselves too hard to reach their health goals. This can lead to potential harm to your heart and put undue stress on the joints. Finding a balance is best