Aerobic exercise such as running can be a great way to improve your heart health. For women these are just some of the benefits to your body5:
- Cholesterol and triglyceride levels decrease,
- Healthy weight can be maintained,
- Blood pressure goes down,
- Stress levels reduce,
- Blood circulation increases, which can help with inflammation and menstrual cramps.
These benefits apply to all aerobic exercise, including running, cycling, swimming, walking, dancing, skipping or playing sport. The goal? At least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week, or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise per week, according to exercise guidelines from the Heart Foundation of New Zealand6.
TOP TIP: Try out different types of aerobic exercise to both challenge your body and prevent boredom