Heart Healthy Exercises

Heart Healthy Exercises

Your heart is so important because it is responsible for giving your body life. It's the center of your cardiovascular system and transports oxygen to your immune system. It's important to monitor the foods you eat and the amount of activity you choose to take part in to have an overall healthy heart.

Jogging Heart Healthy Exercise

Your heart is a muscle, and it gets stronger and healthier if you live an active life. Active people are nearly half as likely to get heart disease as people who aren't active.

Regular exercise helps to burn calories, lower your blood pressure and lower bad cholesterol while boosting your good cholesterol.

Here are a few exercises you can do to keep your heart healthy.

  • Walking
  • Jogging
  • Jumping Rope
  • Swimming
  • Bicycling

Be sure to ease into it, if your body is not used to these exercises. Don't push yourself too hard right away. Every exercise session should include a warm-up, conditioning phase and a cool-down.

The warm-up helps your body adjust slowly from rest to exercise ready. You want to stretch your muscles and slowly increases your breathing, circulation and body temperature. This will help improve flexibility and reduce muscle soreness.

Conditioning follows the warm-up. During the conditioning phase, the benefits of exercise are acheived and calories are burned. Be sure to monitor the intensity of the activity and don't over do it.

The cool-down is the last phase of your exercise session. It allows your body to gradually recover from the conditioning phase. Your heart rate and blood pressure will return to near resting. The best cool-down is to slowly decrease the intensity of your activity.

To achieve maximum benefits, you should gradually work up to an aerobic session lasting 20 to 30 minutes at least three to four times a week. However if this does not work with your schedule, remember that something is better than nothing.

Until next time, stay healthy!

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