The Impact Exercise Has on Your Heart – PRMC
It’s no secret that exercise is good for you, but what kind of exercise should you be doing and how much is too much? Kelsie Hawkins is an Exercise Physiologist with Peninsula Regional Medical Center. She says it’s not one-size-fits-all when it comes to exercise.
For many people, running is a great way to stay in shape, but others prefer a brisk walk. Hawkins says both are good for the heart, but there are more risks when it comes to running. Marathon running came into question last year when three people died at the finish line of two different high profile marathons. Hawkins said, in many of these types of cases, there are genetic factors that come into play. She said other factors could include improper nutrition, birth defects, and dehydration. She added, it’s always a good idea to consult with your doctor before training for a marathon.
According to Hawkins, there are signs, with any exercise, that you may be overdoing it. They include dizziness, chest pain, heart palpitations, increased fatigue, and increased shortness of breath.
On the other end of the spectrum, Hawkins said too many people are living a sedentary lifestyle, which can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes.
Hawkins said the bottom line is everyone needs to keep moving and remain active.