We should all know by now that exercise is good for the heart. With the start of February we are focusing on heart health, as we come in to Heart Research Month.
But why is exercise so important?
Regular exercise increases blood circulation, improves the strength of the heart muscle itself, increases your good cholesterol, manages sugar levels properly and protects from any blood clotting.
By exercising, you’re reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes and even cancer.
Here at Wolli Creek Physio, we want people to be more aware of their heart, and encourage more activity!
Health experts recommend following a regular exercise routine, rather than bursts of different exercise here and there. It’s not enough to just ‘get fit’, you need to maintain it! (We have Pilates cardio classes twice a week, which would be perfect!)
However, don’t risk an injury by jumping straight in to it. We also have softer Pilates classes, or you could try a simple walk once or twice a day, increasing the intensity week by week.
Experts suggest exercising for at least 30 minutes a day, three to five times a week. But don’t push yourself if you’re unwell, even if it’s just a cold. You should also avoid exercising immediately after meals, and make sure you drink plenty of fluids both before and after.
Of course, it’s not enough to focus on exercise, you need to eat right too!
For a timetable of our Pilates classes, click here.
If you are exercising, but things don’t feel quite right, you can also book in to have a chat to one of our physiotherapists.
At Wolli Creek Physiotherapy & Pilates, you’ll be looked after by highly experienced and passionate young physiotherapists with a range of specialist skills and qualifications. We treat and heal all injuries and pain problems, for all kinds of people.