Regular exercise boosts heart health and quality of life

Chris Evans is Director of TidalHealth Cardiovascular, Pulmonary Rehabilitation & Preventive Cardiology

Chris Evans, M.S., ACSM-CEP

Regular exercise plays a crucial role in maintaining overall health and well-being, especially as we age or experience heart issues. Engaging in physical activity has numerous benefits for our cardiovascular system and can significantly improve our quality of life.

One of the key benefits of exercise as we age is its positive impact on cardiovascular health. Regular physical activity helps to strengthen the heart muscle, improve blood circulation, and lower blood pressure. It also aids in maintaining healthy cholesterol levels and reducing the risk of developing plaque buildup in the arteries, which can lead to heart disease. Exercise is an effective way to manage and control conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity, all of which are common risk factors for heart problems.

Regular exercise can also enhance the overall functioning of the cardiovascular system. It improves the efficiency of the heart, enabling it to pump blood more effectively and deliver oxygen and nutrients to different organs and tissues. This increased efficiency reduces the strain on the heart, allowing it to work more efficiently and reduces the risk of heart-related complications.

Exercise also offers benefits beyond cardiovascular health. It helps you maintain a healthy body weight, build muscle strength and flexibility, improve balance and enhance overall physical and mental well-being. Engaging in physical activity releases endorphins, which are natural mood boosters and can help alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression. Additionally, exercise promotes better sleep patterns, increases energy levels and enhances cognitive function.


Before beginning an exercise program, it’s important to speak with your doctor; they can provide personalized recommendations based on your specific conditions, limitations and goals. A tailored exercise program may include a combination of aerobic activities — such as walking, swimming, or cycling — strength-training exercises and flexibility exercises. Regular monitoring and periodic reassessment are essential to ensure that the exercise routine remains safe and effective. 

TidalHealth Adult Fitness, with locations in Salisbury and Ocean Pines, is a great place to start. A medically based, supervised exercise program, it is perfect for patients who have completed cardiac rehabilitation and/or pulmonary rehabilitation or those who are seeking a structured exercise program. 

Exercise is a powerful tool for maintaining cardiovascular health, reducing the risk of heart disease and managing existing conditions. By incorporating physical activity into our daily lives, we can enhance our overall well-being, improve heart function, and enjoy a better quality of life.

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