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5 Exercises to Improve Heart Health

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You don’t really need to be a hardcore athlete to have a healthy heart. As a matter of fact, even when you’re doing moderate exercises you can still keep your heart in good condition not to mention improve your flexibility and reduce your risk of acquiring various illnesses. However, when it comes to heart health, you need to know how much exercise is appropriate as well as the types of workouts that can help make your heart healthier.

How Much Workout Do You Need?

Experts recommend that in order to improve your heart’s condition, you can do 150 minutes worth of moderate exercise or 75 minutes worth of high intensity workouts. You can spread the minutes for the entire week so as not to feel overwhelmed. Now that you have an idea on how much time you should spend for your workout, let’s move on to the exercises.

Heart Boosting Exercises

Lane Swimming

Swimming is one of the best cardio workouts that you can do to help make your heart healthier. Leisure swimming is ideal for those who aren’t that active but if you really want to increase the intensity of your workout, lane swimming is recommended. You can start by doing 8 laps then increase your laps every time you hit the pool. You can vary your swimming techniques to really get your muscles burning and your heart pumping.

Brisk Walking

Walking can benefit you a lot especially when you do brisk walking. Regardless of whether you’re going to use treadmill or simply walk around the block, in the park, or anywhere else, as long as you brisk walk, you’re helping your heart become stronger. Of course, you need to wear comfy shoes and even bring your iPod so you can listen to music while walking and you’ll be pounding your way to a healthier you.

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Weight Training

This exercise is not only good for burning fats but it can also help make your heart healthier. As a matter of fact, those with heart conditions are recommended to do this type of exercise based on their current fitness. There are different types of weight training programs to choose from. If you don’t want to spend money on equipment, you can always do bodyweight training to improve muscles, heart, and overall health.

Running

This is another type of exercise that is fun to do. As a matter of fact, many are enjoying this type of activity which is why there are plenty of marathon runs being put together around the world. You can actually burn a lot of calories when you run while minimizing your risk of suffering from heart problems. If you’re just a beginner, start with brisk walk then 1 to 2 minutes of run then 5 minutes of walking.

Yoga

It’s not really necessary that you push yourself to do intense workouts as experts believe that making your heart rate go up and down fast can do more harm than good especially to those who are completely out of shape. Yoga may not be associated with heart health but it actually works. It’s not just about toning your muscles but keeping your heart in shape since there are various poses that are done to target the heart.

With these exercises, you can help make your heart healthier to prevent various health issues from taking place as you grow older. Try them out and see how fitter and better looking you become with these workouts.

 

Sources:
http://www.besthealthmag.ca/best-you/heart-health/the-6-best-exercises-for-heart-health
http://www.sheknows.com/health-and-wellness/articles/814921/5-best-exercises-to-improve-heart-health-1

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