Health Benefits of Aerobic Fitness

A lot of health benefits you gain from exercise are not visible, these benefits include reduction in oxidative stress and inflammation in the body. Evidence suggests regular exercise can also make our bodies more resilient, and protects us against existing risk factors related to cardiovascular disease and declining heart health. This means it is never too late to start exercising!

Heart disease is more common as we age. Why? Because as you age your large arteries, the aorta or carotid arteries, lose their elasticity and become more stiff and rigid. This is when problems start to occur with the functionality of the endothelial layer – the inner lining of blood vessels –that eventually leads to arterial disease.

For the past two decades, scientists and researchers from the Department of Integrative Physiology have been studying the effects of regular aerobic exercise and other healthy lifestyle factors. 

Aerobic exercise is a type of training that improves your cardiovascular fitness by improving your body’s ability to consume oxygen.

Aerobic exercise typically uses steady, continuous rhythmic movements to elevate your heart rate. Some examples of this are running, swimming and aerobic fitness classes (Cross Fit, Zumba, and other high impact classes).

Previously, it was thought that the heart disease-preventing effects of exercise were solely due to its improvement of traditional risk factors such as blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose and body fat. However, through their studies, Santos-Parker and colleagues have found that exercise also reduces arterial stiffness and restores endothelial function by improving protein structure within the blood vessel wall, reducing oxidative stress and dwindling down inflammation. In addition, aerobic exercise appears to reverse or provide some resistance against the harmful effects of existing risk factors as well. In effect, making our bodies stronger and more resilient.

Encouraging results have been reported following recent research that investigated the effects certain nutraceuticals and targeted antioxidantshave on blood vessel aging. These compounds also appear effective at preventing or reversing adverse vascular aging processes.

Fantastic news if you want to live a longer and healthier life

Topics: All Blog Articles, Heart Health

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