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How Exercise Affects Heart Health

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Heart disease accounts for one in every four deaths in the United States. And it’s the leading cause of death for both men and women.

So how can you be proactive about your heart health?

One way is doing cardiovascular exercise on a regular basis.

Farrell’s cardio kickboxing classes blend cardio training with HIIT training. The result is an effective workout guaranteed to burn fat.

Increase your cardiovascular health with a free week of classes at Farrell’s Waite Park.

3 Ways to Improve Heart Health

1. Cardio Workouts

Cardio exercise makes your heart stronger by upping your heart rate. Your heart sends more blood to your muscles as your heart rate increases.

The increased blood flow causes a larger volume of blood returning to your heart.

Over time, the increased blood volume enlarges the left ventricle, which is responsible for distributing oxygen-rich blood throughout your body. Your heart cavity can now keep and distribute a larger volume of blood, even when you’re at rest.

This lowers your blood pressure and decreases the amount of work your heart has to do.

Related: What is Strength Training and Why is it Important?

2. Heart Rate Tracking

At Farrell’s Waite Park, we track how efficient your workout is.

We use Myzone, the industry-leading heart rate monitor, to record exertion during class. Exertion levels are monitored throughout class to optimize member results.

 

MyZone Chart

 

Our certified instructors keep class between 80-90 percent exertion during high-intensity intervals. Active recovery periods are kept at 60-70 percent intensity.

Related: Why HIIT is Good for Losing Weight and Burning Fat

3. Nutrition

Cardio exercise isn’t the only way to keep your heart working well. Nutrition also plays a crucial role in preventative heart health.

Some of the best foods to eat are:

  • Colorful vegetables
  • Leafy greens
  • Fibrous fruits
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Fish high in omega-3

And don’t forget to schedule your regular check-ups with your doctor!

Related: Carbs—Too Little or Too Much?

Strengthen Your Heart with Farrell’s

Proper nutrition and routine exercise are important for maintaining a healthy heart.

Get started by signing up for a free week at Farrell’s Waite Park.

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