Exercise is Medicine on Campus Month

Knowledge bits - Heart health!

The heart is one of the body's most essential organs. It ceaselessly beats over 100,000 times each day, helping us transport oxygen and other important compounds via a 97,000-kilometer-long network of vessels to every part of our body. We often take our hearts for granted, but how much do we really know about our heart?

In this series of videos, we are going to take a closer look at the ways to monitor and improve our heart health with the aim to encourage everyone to adopt healthy habits for lifelong improvements.

Exercise for Heart Health 

Aerobic exercise training is one of the most effective tools to improve cardiovascular health and minimize risk factors. It helps to maintain optimal weight and strengthen the heart muscles and blood vessels with minimal adverse effects. This video introduces the health benefits and importance of aerobic exercise training.

Heart Rate Zone

What should your heart rate be when working out, and how can you keep track of it? Your heart rate is an accurate indicator of intensity and effort during a workout. Tracking your heart rate during exercise can help you train more effectively, and the extra information can be used for a more personalised training programme. This video talks about how you get your heart rate in the target-training zone.

Getting back into training after inactivity

Recent studies show that physical inactivity, even for a short period, could result in declining health and fitness. It takes about two weeks of training for fitness to return to normal levels. For those that are getting back into shape after their stay-at-home period, it is important to start training again safely and slowly. This video gives you tips to make sure your transition back into a regular routine safely.

Diet and heart health

Apart from exercise, good nutrition is also an important part of keeping your heart in good shape. Your diet plays a major role in heart health and can impact your risk of heart disease. Saturated fat and trans-fat deposits can gradually build up on the inside of the artery wall and narrow the space in which blood can flow to the heart. This video shows you 6 steps to prevent heart diseases through good nutrition.

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