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 routine basis.

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

Strengthen your heart with a free week of classes at Farrell’s Ankeny.

3 Ways to Improve Heart Health

1. Cardio Workouts

Cardio exercise makes your heart healthier by increasing your heart rate. Your heart pumps extra blood to your muscles as your heart rate goes higher.

The additional blood flow results in a larger volume of blood returning to your heart.

Over time, the larger 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 increased volume of blood, even when you’re not exercising.

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 Ankeny, we track how productive your workout is.

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

 

MyZone Chart

 

Our certified instructors keep class between 80-90 percent exertion during high-intensity periods. Active recovery periods are set 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 strong. Nutrition also plays a crucial part 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 annual check-ups with your doctor!

Related: Carbs—Too Little or Too Much?

Strengthen Your Heart with Farrell’s

Adequate nutrition and frequent exercise are essential for maintaining a healthy heart.

Get started by registering for a free week at Farrell’s Ankeny.

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