By Shae Flynn, EP
As we all know, it’s important to keep our heart and lungs healthy… but why?
Cardiorespiratory fitness, in a nutshell, is the body’s ability to deliver oxygen to every cell in the body via the circulatory (blood) system and remove toxins and waste products. This delivery of oxygen is important for every system in the body and affects things like our sleep, healing, digestion, functionality and cognitive ability.
If the heart or lung’s ability to perform this task is impaired, other systems in the body will also be affected, stopping your body from running as well as it should. Indications that your body is not working at its best include shortness of breath when walking up a hill or long distances, or an increased heart rate when keeping on the move with your daily jobs.
So, what is the solution?
Exercise is your friend! It’s common knowledge that increasing the amount of exercise you do each week will get you fitter and healthier. The World Health Organisation recommends 30 minutes a day at moderate intensity. When we challenge our systems (such as the heart and lungs) by exercising, the body has to adapt, which results in better fitness. Exercise doesn’t have to be a daunting task – it simply requires some planning to break it up into manageable blocks.
If a 30-minute block seems unachievable, try doing smaller blocks of 10–15 minutes several times a day. You can even trick yourself into exercising! Little tricks like parking further away from the shops, walking the long way, taking the stairs wherever you can, or taking a walk during your lunch break can help. These smaller stints of exercise are a great way to build up exercise minutes each day and grow your step count!
If you have concerns about starting, you should consult your doctor before increasing the amount of activity you do. Don’t forget that our exercise physiologist is qualified to work with all health conditions, especially ones relating to heart and lung health. Come and see us to get some advice on safe ways to exercise and increase your fitness!
Book online or call the clinic to speak with our staff and start today… the heart waits for no one!
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