Risk Factors and Exercise Safety

Benefits of excercise for your cardiovascular health:

Exercise Helps Regulate, Reduce, or Eliminate Cardiovascular Risk

Regular exercise has been shown to improve functional capacity, manage cardiovascular risk factors and decrease risk of a secondary event.

Cardiovascular Risk Factor How Exercise Helps
Overweight/Obesity Exercise burns calories.
Exercise decreases fat mass, increases muscle mass (especially when incorporating resistance training).
When accompanied with a nutrition plan, exercise can aid in losing weight and decreasing waist circumference.
Exercise is the #1 predictor of weight loss maintenance!
High Cholesterol Exercise increases HDL cholesterol and decreases triglycerides which in turn help to decrease LDL cholesterol levels.
High Blood Pressure Exercise improves blood flow, increases arterial compliance, reduces arterial stiffness and improves endothelial function.
Diabetes Exercise helps regulate blood glucose levels.
Psychological Stress Exercise can improve mood, relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety, and may be as effective as medication in resolving mild to moderate levels of depression.
Smoking Some research suggests that smokers who exercise regularly are more likely to successfully quit than non-exercisers.
Sedentary Lifestyle Regular exercise increases your functional capacity (ability to perform physical activities) through improved cardiovascular and respiratory function, as well as increased muscle strength. Regular exercise lowers your risk of all cause morbidity and mortality.

Exercise safety:

It is important for you to know that exercise is quite safe for people with heart disease if performed properly. The benefits far outweigh the risks. Take the time to understand your exercise guidelines, ask questions during the course of your program, and learn to listen to the cues your body gives you.

Discomfort should not result from moderate exercise. Stop exercising if you experience any of the following:

  • Angina
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Irregular Heartbeats
  • Dizziness
  • Leg Cramps
  • Excessive Fatigue
Last updated: Tue, 2012-11-06 15:53