How Exercise Affects Your Heart

Heart Problems

No, we’re not talking about break-ups here but if you’re going through some recent relationship issues, exercise just might be one of the solutions to cure a broken heart.

In Australia, cardiovascular disease kills one every twelve minutes. With 43,477 cardiovascular- related deaths in 2017, it is one of the major causes of death in Australia.

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Cardiovascular disease

  • is heart, stroke and blood vessel diseases.
  • kills one Australian every 12 minutes.
  • Affects one in six Australians or 4.2 million.
  • Most people 65 years or over are currently living with long-term CVD.
  • CVD was the main cause for more than 575,800 hospitalisations in 2016/17.
  • claimed the lives of 43,477 Australians (nearly 30% of all deaths) in 2017 – deaths that are largely preventable.
  • lower socioeconomic groups, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and those living in remote areas had the highest rate of hospitalisation and death resulting from CVD in Australia.

How Exercise Affects Your Heart

Risk factors

  • In 2014/15, 6 million adult Australians (34%) aged 18 years and over had high blood pressure (systolic or diastolic blood pressure is equal to or greater than 140/90 mmHg or taking medication).
  • In 2011/12, one-third of adult Australians aged 18 years and over had measured high cholesterol. This represents 5.6 million adult Australians.
  • Smoking is the single most important cause of ill health and death in Australia. In 2014/15, one in seven Australians aged 15 years and over smoked daily.
  • In 2014/15, close to two in every three (63%) adult Australians aged 18 years and over were overweight or obese, with 28% obese and 36% overweight.
  • In 2014/15, more two in every three (65%) of adult Australians aged over 15 do very little or no exercise at all.

These are pretty scary statistics. Do YOU want to be part of the many people affected by this disease?

Exercise Saves Lives

By now, it is common knowledge that physical activity in general helps with our overall health and well-being. Living a sedentary lifestyle can lead to all sorts of health issues. Aside from heart disease, problems like obesity is just one of the many undesirable effects of not having an active lifestyle.

Something as simple as walking can be beneficial to you.

There have been studies stating that walking at least 2000 steps a day can greatly improve your cardiovascular health. That’s roughly equivalent to 20 minutes of sweat-inducing workout. If you take it a notch further and walk 4000 steps a day (or 40 minutes of exercise), then your risk of getting a heart attack, a stroke, and dying from cardiovascular is reduced significantly.

If you don’t exercise regularly, or have recently reduced or stopped exercising altogether, be warned: your risk of getting heart disease just increased.

The body thrives on physical activity. We were engineered to move around, hunt, farm, and build. The recent development of technology and the sudden rise of desk jobs this past century tremendously affected the way we live our lives. Instead of spending time outside, we are reduced to sitting in front of a screen for approximately 8 hours a day.

Our food intake changed dramatically as well. We’ve succumbed to the convenience of fastfood and take-out, instead of making meals from scratch and using wholesome vegetables, fruits, and meats. Though there has been a resurgence of eating organic foods, not everyone is on board with this idea.

Suddenly the term “fast-paced lifestyle” doesn’t seem so “fast” after all. On the contrary, it’s become so slow that we’ve traded abs for flabs.

Be in Control

How Exercise Affects Your Heart

More than 60% of heart disease are caused by factors in YOUR control — poor lifestyle choices such as smoking, poor diet, and lack of exercise all lead to a greater risk of developing heart disease.

You don’t have to suddenly work up a sweat — you might shock your body with sudden outburst of activity. Take it one step at a time:

  • If you feel you are at risk, go see a health practitioner.
  • Enroll at a gym and enlist the help of a trainer. A personal coach will help you ease in physical activity into your daily life. Plus they are knowledgeable about what type of exercise you should begin with.
  • Aside from going to the gym, make lifestyle changes like quitting smoking, walking or cycling instead of driving, or incorporating healthier food into your diet.

Remember that all of this doesn’t have to be sudden; what’s important that you made the decision to make changes and you’re sticking by it. Consistency is the key to seeing positive results with the choices you are making.

Other Benefits of Exercise

Aside from your heart health, regular exercise can help you with other aspects of your life:

  • Reduces anxiety and stress
  •  Improves your immunity
  • Helps you sleep better at night
  • Strengthens memory
  •  Helps with your sex life
  • An overall improved perception of self

Loving Yourself

It’s high time that you invest in your health and start living a healthier life. We are located at 6 prime locations, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. At just $11 a week, and with no lock in period, working out for the benefit of your heart never looked this easy or affordable.

They say time heals all wounds; well, walking certainly does! See you at one of our branches.

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