Blood circulation plays an essential role in our overall health, transporting oxygen and nutrients to the brain, skin, and vital organs in the body. When this circulation is reduced, diseases such as kidney disease, and stroke may occur. Exercise plays a vital role in improving blood circulation.
Raise Your Heart Rate
Any type of exercise that increases heart rate improves blood circulation because as the heart muscle contracts at a higher rate, the increased volume of blood moves more rapidly through the arteries and veins of the body, boosting circulation. These are cardio activities, and they are a vital part of improving your circulation.
Daily activities such as walking or riding a bicycle strengthen and enlarge the heart muscle, improving the pumping efficiency and increased circulation does not require extreme exercise, but can be achieved through these daily exercises.
Examples of aerobic exercises include cardio machines, spinning, running, swimming, walking, hiking, specific aerobics classes, or dancing.
Surprisingly, studies have shown that resistance exercise shows a greater increase in blood flow than traditional aerobic exercises. Resistance training is a form of exercise that improves muscular strength and endurance. During a resistance training workout, you move your limbs against resistance provided by weights, gravity, bands, or dumbbells.
Circulation improves through regular resistance training, making it an important component of any workout such as bench presses, squats, lunges, leg curls, overhead presses, and oblique twists.
Building a Healthy Body for Life
Maintaining blood circulation should be a priority for everyone as part of an overall healthy physical health and mental health lifestyle.
Regardless of our age or physical abilities, regular exercise to promote circulation has positive beneficial effects. Improving and maintaining blood circulation builds a strong heart muscle and also improves the efficiency of your body, ensuring that we receive oxygen and other vital nutrients.