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The Benefits of Cardiovascular Exercise


The heart is the epicenter of you cardiovascular system, which controls just about every part of your body. Without prioritizing cardiovascular health, you’re more at risk for various chronic diseases and conditions that can debilitate you in life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 610,000 people in the U.S. lose their battle with heart disease every year. Additionally, every year about 735,000 people have a heart attack.

While doctors claim that the most common risk factors for heart disease include high blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes and obesity, the true root causes are a poor diet (heavy in animal products and low in fruits and vegetables), lack of exercise, lack of restful sleep and being stressed out. Chances of developing such conditions can be reduced by following a primarily raw, plant-based diet, but you can lower your risk even further by exercising regularly. Cardiovascular exercise, or the physical activity that raises your heart rate, is particularly beneficial.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the advantages of cardiovascular exercise:

Reduced Body Weight
As previously stated, obesity and being overweight can increase your risk for heart disease. By incorporating cardiovascular exercise into your daily routine, you can slash the pounds and get down to a healthy, manageable weight.

“Physical activity releases hormones like serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine.”

Improved Mood
Do you feel stressed more often than not? Are you constantly worried about life at work, or even at home? Exercise may be the outlet you need to relieve the anxiety. According to the Cleveland Clinic, physical activity releases hormones like serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine, all known to emulate good feelings. Exercise also has a reputation for combating depression and improving self-esteem.

Enhanced Energy Levels
Can you recall the last time you got a good night’s rest? If each and every night consists of tossing and turning, exercise may be the remedy you need. Performing cardiovascular physical activity releases endorphins that provide long-lasting energy throughout the day, which then allows you to doze off faster when it’s time to get some sleep at night.

Cardiovascular activity strengthens the heart and lungs, and it can truly be a lifesaver if your body is in poor condition. Running, jogging, brisk walking, swimming and biking are just a few of the most common types of exercise you can implement into your weekly workout. If you need help getting into a routine, you may consider joining an aerobics class at your local fitness center. The initial push led by an instructor can come in handy and help you learn the ropes before taking matters into your own hands.

Remember: Adults are recommended to spend at least 150 minutes per week dedicated to moderately-intense aerobic activity. If you don’t already exercise regularly, start off slow by walking 10 minutes every day. Over time, you should have no problem reaching 30 minutes a day, five days a week. To promote fast muscle recovery after exercise, don’t forget to try Hallelujah Diet Essential Protein Powder!

By taking care of your body through diet and exercise, you can lead your healthiest, most fulfilling life just as God intended. Subscribe to our daily blog for more information on achieving ultimate wellness!


  1. Annette April 4, 2018

    Thanks for the great information. I do believe having a good exercise plan is good and very helpful. While getting good rest for anyone that is having alot of Eating a good diet is good too. Removing the meat and eating more vegetables is a good suggestion too. Thanks.

  2. T Black April 6, 2018

    We all know that exercise is good for you when it comes to helping control weight and strengthening our bodies. Thanks for the reminder that moderate exercise can help improve our mood by releasing hormones such as serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. Sometimes we all need that push because it seems like the last thing in the world that would help when we are down is to exercise.

  3. I have been reading that intermittent exercise is especially good for the heart. I use my stationary bike and warm up for a minute and a half, then go as fast as I can for 30 seconds. Then slow for a minute and a half,
    then another fast round for 30 seconds. Repeat one more time, and I’m done. I worked up to this slowly as I am almost 75. The sudden fast start, is supposed to acclimate the heart to sudden stresses and thereby lessens the chance of a heart attack. Have you heard of this, and do you have an opinion?

    • Melody Hord April 6, 2018

      Hi Ruth. This sounds like what I have read called interval training, which is supposed to be very effective in general. Of course, everyone must cater to their own exercise capabilities.
      It is when you alternate periods of high-intensity exercise with lower intensity exercise. The body has a chance to recover some from the burst of high intensity when going at a more moderate pace.

  4. Connie Gesser April 6, 2018

    I like what it says about exercise helping to release the feel good hormones and boosting self-esteem.

    We all know exercise is good for us. It helps to be reminded of the reasons why exercise is beneficial to physical and mental health.

  5. Hitoshi Yamada February 21, 2020

    I am a 85 year old male. I continue to exercise what my PT taught me few years ago. plus brisk walking with my walker every morning. it take about 25 to 30 minutes. Several times a week the Assisted Living also has 30 minute exercise routine for seniors that I participate. It comes to about 6 hours a week to keep me mobile and limber to live alone in my studio apartment.

    • Melody Hord February 25, 2020

      Way to go! It is so important to stay strong and as agile as possible as we age.

  6. I like the suggestion of walking 10 minutes daily and working up to 30 minutes 5 days a good. Sound like a good plan and challenge.
    Many of us do not get enough exercise.

  7. Thanks for the great article. I do need to make exercise a priority in my life. Starting out with 10 minutes a day sounds like a great way to get started.

  8. Annette Whitworth February 4, 2022

    This was a great Article with some good tips when dealing with Blood pressure problems. Walking is a great way to help with heart issues too. Doing other Exercise is good too. Thanks

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