Just like the rest of your body, your heart needs exercise, too! The best exercises for you heart are aerobic exercises such as swimming and running. The benefits of exercise are that it strengthens your heart, reduces blood pressure, and lowers risks of heart disease and stroke. Swimming is better for your body than running because it is less harmful on your joints. Not only that, but it is also a great exercise for everyone—fit, overweight, injured, disabled, and any other ailments.
Swimming is a total body workout that is especially great for your heart. Part of this is because your heart beats faster while swimming which produces more oxygen throughout the body and in turn, strengthens your heart. The water allows your heart to operate more effectively with less stress than on-ground exercises.
The increased efficiency helps to improve your entire cardiovascular system, which has proven to help reduce the risk of heart disease, improve blood cholesterol levels, prevent and manage high blood pressure, boost energy levels, manage daily stress, and even delay or prevent chronic illnesses and diseases associated with aging. It is a win-win for your body and a must-do to help your heart. Try making a goal for yourself and slowly increase the exercise as you build up endurance. A great starting point is to try to do 20-30 minutes of exercise 5 times a week. You can do it!