Of course there are numerous benefits to regular exercise, not to mention the tremendous benefits regular exercise has on heart health. Check out the list I put together for your reference regarding a few of the major benefits of exercise on heart health.

Changes at Rest

  1. Heart rate decreases.
  2. Amount of blood pumped per beat increases.

Changes with Light to Moderate Activity

  1. Heart rate decreases.
  2. Amount of blood pumped per beat increases.
  3. Tissues become more effective at extracting oxygen from blood.
  4. Lactic acid, which is the chemical that primarily causes the burn decreases.

Changes with Maximal Activity

  1. Max heart rate does not change.
  2. Amount of blood pumped per beat increases.
  3. The body is better able to consume oxygen.
  4. The long-term energy producing cells in the body are more efficient.

Blood Pressure

  1. Blood pressure significantly decreased in those with high blood pressure.
  2. More red blood cells are produced, thus, increasing blood volume.

Cholesterol

  1. Total cholesterol can be decreased.
  2. HDL, the “good” cholesterol, increases.
  3. LDL, the “bad” cholesterol, decreases or remains the same.
  4. Triglycerides are decreased.
Hopefully viewing this list will strengthen your “exercise conscience!”