Live your best life
Evidence shows that running can help you to live a longer, healthier life by improving your cardiovascular health. Regular exercise also helps you to maintain a healthy weight, which is a huge plus for heart health. If you’ve been running for over five years, your heart's longevity also increases as you clock up the miles. After a substantial number of years running, you can call yourself a veteran and the potential risk of stroke or heart disease is halved!
For runners the rate that your veins pump blood through your system means that your hearts become more efficient. The more you run the more efficient you become at consuming oxygen, transporting it and using it to power your heart. Aerobic exercise has also been said to improve the capacity of red blood vessels, in turn improving the ability to provide oxygen to thirsty muscles.
Lower blood pressure
High blood pressure puts added strain on your blood vessels, heart and other vital organs, and it can increase the risk of heart attacks, heart failure and even kidney disease. Keeping your blood pressure down is vital, and luckily for us, running can help. Regular running and exercise strengthens your heart, and with this additional power your blood is pumped around your system with less effort, decreasing the force on your arteries and helping that blood pressure to calm down.
As well as making a conscious effort to move every day, the NHS recommend at least 75 minutes of vigorous exercise each week for a healthy heart and body. If you already run a few days a week then you're right on track! A mix of moderate and more intense exercise is a perfect combination. Add in a couple more runs and up the amount you run to tick those cardiovascular boxes in no time. If you do mix up intensity, aim for 150-minutes overall to keep your heart singing.
Exercise and running go hand-in-hand with heart health and it's impossible to have a healthy cardiovascular system without it. Alongside an active lifestyle a nutritious, balanced diet is also key so take a look at our quick, healthy recipes and give your heart the love it deserves.