CaroMont Health and Wellness personal trainer Jake Turney works with patients
to emphasize the importance of exercise. He explains that frequent exercise
decreases your risk of heart disease because it helps improve cholesterol,
regulate weight, lower blood pressure and even reduce stress.
You can’t exactly exercise your heart, but there are workouts that
can help improve your heart health.
Turney suggests incorporating HIIT, or high intensity interval training,
into your exercise routine to help build cardio capacity and boost heart
health. Turney elaborates: “HIIT is quick, intense bursts of exercise
followed by short rest periods to keep your heart rate high.”
A few favorite HIIT exercises include: running mixed with interval sprints,
rowing with periods of intense effort, jump squats, tuck jumps and mountain
climbers. Turney says, “These quick bursts of exercise challenge
your lungs and heart to work harder to deliver oxygen and blood to the
muscle cells, thus increasing your cardiovascular fitness level.”
If we’re being honest, some of us don’t have the time or effort
to go rowing or hiking every day, and that’s okay. Turney suggests
swapping in some easy (and still beneficial) alternatives like walking
the dog, playing a sport, taking the stairs at work, choosing to park
further away, biking, swimming and dancing.
To maintain a healthy heart, you should aim to work out for at least 150
minutes per week at a moderate intensity, or 75 minutes at a high intensity.
Try five, 30-minute sessions per week to get started, like going for a
walk through your neighborhood or a bike ride with your kids.
At the end of the day, the goal is to decrease your risk of heart disease,
and exercise is a necessary part of maintaining a healthy heart. So, grab
your significant other, your bestie or your grandkids and get moving—your
heart will thank you!
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