How to Strengthen Your Heart and Lungs With Exercise
Exercise is good for your whole body system but especially important to strengthen your heart and lungs. Here are tips to keep your heart and lungs in top shape.
Your heart and lungs need to be put through a good workout as often as possible so they can work at optimum capacity. The heart is considered to be a muscular organ. The lungs are not muscles per se but the diaphragm is a dome-shaped muscle directly beneath the lungs that work in concert with the lungs to help you breathe in and breathe out air.
Exercise in general will serve to strengthen the heart and the lungs. Exercise forces the blood to pump through your heart at a faster pace. It also forces your lungs to inhale and exhale air more often. By so doing the diaphragm is kept very busy which stimulates the movements of the rib cage. This all leads to making your lungs stronger.
Aerobic exercises in particular are beneficial for the lungs, the heart, and the circulatory system in general. These kinds of exercises act as a learning tool to educate and train the lungs to make better use of oxygen. Your heart rate is elevated when you engage in aerobic exercise and this leads to improved cardiovascular health.
When you do an aerobic activity your heart rate increases for a time span of 20 to 25 minutes. This means the production of blood through the heart is faster. This action of the heart aids the lungs in getting healthier and stronger. This is also true for the warm-up and cool-down exercises you should include with all of your workouts.
To be fit you need a pair of healthy lungs and a strong heart. The more you can do to strengthen them both the better it will be for your overall level of health. Make aerobic exercise a part of your regular schedule.
Find an aerobic activity you like (or alternate between aerobic activities) and do it four to five times a week for no more than 20 minutes at a time. On weeks you have time for more then do more. Even if you can do something aerobically effective three times a week for the same duration of time then you’ll be benefiting your heart and lungs tremendously, not to mention your entire body!
Don’t do the same type of aerobic activity all of the time. Not only will this breed boredom but you need to do an array of exercises in order to work the different groups of muscles found throughout your body.
Aerobic exercises can also help to start your lungs down the road to healing if they have been sick or if you are recovering from an infection or illness. Some examples of aerobic activities include stretching, walking, jogging, running, swimming, jumping rope, resistance training with weights, and doing exercises in the water (otherwise known as water aerobics).
If you choose to do exercises in the water one activity that can really make your heart and lungs work harder is to stretch in the water and lift weights in the water. Remember though that everything is harder to do in water than on dry land. For that reason choose weights no heavier than five to 10 pounds. Always make sure that you are not in a pool alone when you work out in case of an emergency.
Keeping our heart and lungs in top shape is an obligation we have to our body, and apart from eating healthy foods and getting a good quota of sleep, we need to make exercise part of our daily lives as well.
If you can’t get the gym or workout at home then at least take a walk or look for opportunities to tax your body out in the yard. Look for every opportunity to work your heart and lungs – they’ll love you for it!