Looking to improve your cardiovascular health? Running can be great option for achieving a healthier heart!
The American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology recommend moderate aerobic exercise for 150 minutes per week in order to maintain your heart and general health, and running is an awesome way to add aerobic activity to your life (break it down: that's less than 25 minutes each day).
When you are jogging or running, your blood flow and the supply of oxygen to your muscles are both increased. Your heart works harder to meet your body’s needs, and ultimately this helps build your heart’s strength and maintain artery elasticity. The result is better heart health, and a number of studies have reported on these benefits of running and jogging.
Running can help lower your resting heart rate and blood pressure, decreasing your chances of heart attack and stroke. Women’s Health states that running can lower the chances of a cardiovascular disease death by 45%, and according to Fit Day, “the American Heart Association indicates that those who maintain a moderately active lifestyle are 20 percent less likely to suffer from a stroke.”
Incorporating running or jogging into your weekly exercise routine not only helps you build a healthier heart; it also plays a role in improving your general health and lifestyle. Running can help lower your cholesterol and reduce your chances of developing type 2 diabetes. It has even been shown to reduce your risk of some cancers.
Running releases endorphins that improve your mood, and it also helps combat stress and anxiety. What’s more, running has also been shown to extend your lifespan, too. Runner’s World reports on one study that found that runners have a life expectancy 5.6 to 6.2 years higher than inactive individuals.
Clearly, running can help you build a healthier heart and can also positively impact other areas of your health and life.
If you’re intimidated by the thought of running, you shouldn’t be! You don’t have to run a marathon to see the beneficial results—Medical Daily writes that “running for 5 minutes every day can cut your risk of cardiovascular disease by almost half.” So if you’re working to improve your heart health, consider adding running to your workout regimen!