Research published in the ‘British Medical Journal’ believes a prescription of exercise is just as effective as taking medication to treat coronary heart disease (CHD). Over 300 trials were conducted involving 339,274 people. Results showed that in people who had a stroke, exercise was actually more effective than drugs. No difference was seen between exercise and drug interventions for secondary prevention of heart disease or prevention of diabetes. In heart failure diuretic drugs were more effective than exercise.
Why is exercise essential?
- Decreases high blood pressure
- Decreases body fat/waist circumference
- Decreases bad cholesterol (LDL cholesterol)
- Raises good cholesterol (HDL cholesterol)
- Improves the efficiency of the cardiovascular and pulmonary system
- Improve blood flow to prevent blood clots forming and causing a heart attack or a stoke
- Controls the development of diabetes
- Strengthens muscles
- Decreases stress hormone cortisol
So exercise for a strong heart, body and mind. Aim for 30 minutes a day, ensuring you perform both cardio and strengthening exercises throughout the week.