Exercise & Heart Health

By Gretchen Bolander

Published 02/20 2014 06:06PM

Updated 02/20 2014 10:35PM

It could be walking... or biking... even going for a swim. But regardless of the exercise, the experts say including it in your routine will boost your heart health.

"Exercise is better than any drug. It does a myriad of things for the body, healthwise." And Dr. Douglas Stewart says that even a modest amount of exercise can make an impact, starting with more efficient use of oxygen. "The oxygen the heart flows out to the rest of the body is easier for the heart to work with - it can use oxygen easier and that's what exercise does."

Dr. Stewart says exercise prompts the body to release hormones that can help make blood vessels more efficient. "Help them to stay open help them to dilate and help them to use oxygen better. If you exercise on a regular basis, that makes the heart, the lungs, blood vessels in you heart all work easier."

Dr. Stewart recommends 20 - 30 minutes of exercise five to seven times a week. "Exercise in and of itself, barring any medications used, increase the body's ability to use insulin. It reduces blood sugar and weight which then prevents diabetes.

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