How to Build Up Your Cardiovascular System

Two Methods:Before You BeginBegin

Cardiovascular strength helps in every aspect of your life. There is a way to build it up.

Method 1
Before You Begin

  1. 1
    Before starting an exercise regimen, contact your doctor. They can make sure your blood pressure and cholesterol are where you should be, and suggest medications or baby aspirin.
  2. 2
    Set a goal. Goals help you measure your progress. These goals could be a running or swimming time or length, or even a goal to try to feel better after a hike or walk.
  3. 3
    Know your stats. Periodically track your resting heart rate and blood pressure. As you get into shape, these may change.

Method 2

  1. 1
    Find and activity that you enjoy that is aerobic. These activities include walking, jogging, cycling, swimming, tennis, soccer...the list goes on and on.
  2. 2
    Just do it. The only way to build cardiovascular strength is to do it over and over and over. Over time, you will find that the activity becomes easier, your heart rate stays lower, and you feel better.
  3. 3
    As you find your heart getting stronger, keep track of your stats and how you feel. This will show how you change.


  • Be aware of a family history of heart disease and other problems.

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Categories: Cardiovascular Health and Blood Pressure