Dr. Scherwitz explains if exercise can benefit a woman's heart.
Exercise is wonderful for the heart. Women should take the time and have an exercise program that fits something they like to do and can maintain for the long term. Usually a minimum of exercise would be 30 minutes, three times a day but an hour a day, at least six times a week would be optimal. An exercise could be a combination of aerobics up to the level that’s appropriate, weight or resistance work, and stretching.
But aerobics is particularly good for the heart, it helps the heart rate be reduced and so less work on the heart, it gives a practice of opening the vessels, it has many, many benefits. Helps maintain proper weight and reduces risk in various other ways. Helps to reduce stress and increases the strength and ability and the stamina and the energy. So exercise is a wonderful relaxer for the heart.
About Dr. Scherwitz, Ph.D.:
Larry W. Scherwitz, PhD, is a leader in the field of behavioral medicine research with 25 years experience in developing and testing approaches to managing chronic disease with lifestyle changes. Dr. Scherwitz has been on the faculty of various medical institutions including Baylor College of Medicine, University of California at San Francisco, California Pacific Medical Center, and the Preventive Medicine Research Institute. He worked at the research director with Dr. Dean Ornish to demonstrate that it is possible to reverse coronary heart disease with lifestyle changes including diet, exercise, stress management and social support. Dr. Scherwitz’ is often a keynote speaker at conferences and has published his research discoveries in an array of prestigious medical journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, The Lancet, and Psychosomatic Medicine. Presently, Larry and his wife Deborah Kesten, MPH have a coaching practice to help clients lose weight as well as prevent, halt, and reverse heart disease. Larry also consults with clients to help them design studies to evaluate the efficacy of complementary and alternative practices.