Sure—you’ve probably stolen (or broken) some hearts in your life, but what do you really know about this miraculous, life-sustaining organ? This month, we take a close look at the inner workings of your ticker, and the best way to keep it healthy for years to come! On average, your heart beats about 100,000 times a day. That’s around 35 million times a year, and more than 2.5 billion times over an average lifetime.
To get an idea of how hard your heart is working, try this little test. Grab a tennis ball and give it a good, hard squeeze. Now let it go and do it again. That’s about the same amount of force your heart uses to pump blood across the body—over and over, 24 hours a day! Even at rest, your heart muscles are working harder than the leg muscles of a person who is sprinting!
So, with all the exercise your heart gets, why do you need to exercise? I mean—it already works out all the time!
“Your heart beats about 100,000 times a day. That’s around 35 million times a year, and more than 2.5 billion times over an average lifetime.”
Get ready—here comes the science! An exercising heart pumps at a higher level than one at rest. All you need is 10 minutes on an elliptical trainer for a full dose of that fact! By increasing the load through exercise, your heart gets stronger and more efficient. That’s good, because it’s better prepared for vigorous activities like hiking with grandkids, or unexpected events like pushing your neighbor’s car out of a snow drift.
So you can see why it’s so important get in a regular cardio program that brings your heart up to age-appropriate conditioning levels. That way, your beautiful and amazing heart will have all the strength it needs for billions and billions of beats.
About Coach Steve
Coach Steve Stadwick holds an associate’s of occupational studies in Personal Fitness Training, and is certified by the American Council on Exercise as a Personal Fitness Trainer. He is an avid outdoor cyclist, triathlete, marathoner and musician.