Physiology Fact Friday is going to look at how our "skeletal muscle pump" aids our cardiovascular system:
"The cardiovascular system most of us are presented with is one in which the heart is essentially pushing the blood around your body. In reality, working muscles pull your blood to the tissues that need it. The 'heart-pump' model of the circulatory system is probably why the 'strengthening your heart' paradigm has persisted. Within a sedentary culture, the heart becomes the sole mover of blood. This is not 'how the body works,' but how the body operates in a movement drought."
As individual muscles are contracted, they massage the surrounding capillaries, forcing blood to the heart through one-way veins and pulling blood from the heart through arteries.
Best Day Fitness recommends and practices full-body exercises, which help promote these effects on a global scale, challenging both your strength and flexibility, while dramatically increasing your cardiovascular health.