(BlackDoctor.org) — Whether you’ve gone for a run, a swim, and hit the weights, your body let’s you’ve know that you’ve gotten in a good workout. But…can you feel what else you’ve worked – like your heart?
Any time you exercise and raise your heart rate, you’re helping yourself get healthier. Different types of exercise help your heart:
1. Aerobic exercise
2. Strength-training exercises
3. Yoga or Pilates classes
How Aerobics Strengthen Your Heart
You may already know that aerobic exercise does the most to strengthen your heart and reduce the risk of heart disease.
“Aerobic exercise provides the best reduction of cardiovascular risk and has been studied extensively for its effects,” says Alfred Bove, MD, PhD, professor emeritus at the Temple University School of Medicine and past president of the American College of Cardiology. “Regular aerobic exercise reduces risk of sudden death from heart disease, improves outcomes from heart surgery, and lowers overall risk of heart disease.”
Aerobic exercise is any type of physical activity that increases your heart rate — think of exercises like running, brisk walking, biking, and swimming.
Beyond Aerobic Exercise