Monday, 5 October 2020

Physical Activity and Your Heart

The heart holds a place of honour in the narrative of human evolution. It’s referred as the seat of all human emotions and plays a key role in the normal functioning of the human body. The heart is nothing but a muscular pump, approximately the size of your clenched fist, which will remarkably beat over three billion times during your lifespan.  How well your heart functions will affect the functions of all your other body organs.  The heart circulates blood around constantly, providing the body with the oxygen and nutrients it needs to keep functioning, and removing waste products such as carbon dioxide, which would otherwise accumulate in the body and cause a number of problems.  In wellness circles, the ability of the heart to perform these roles effectively is known as cardiovascular fitness. The heart, being a muscle, responds to exercise just like any other muscle, by becoming stronger and more efficient. Cardiovascular exercises, such as walking or jogging, help to increase the physical capacity of the heart.