With Valentine’s Day just around the corner we thought it only fitting to focus this blog on showing our own hearts some love with an article on heart healthy exercises. Our hearts are constantly working for us; it’s time for us to give back.
Exercising your heart muscle really just means exercising your body. You don’t need any fancy equipment or a gym, just a bit of motivation and the willingness to get moving.
As we’ve discussed before, there is debate about how much exercise we really need each day. But a good goal is to shoot for at least 30 minutes every day. And this can be done all at once, or split up throughout the day. Obviously if you are trying to build endurance or are training for a specific athletic event, your workout will need to be significantly more intense. But for the average person just trying to show their heart some love, 30 minutes of heart healthy exercise a day is perfect.
So you know running, biking and walking in the great outdoors are wonderful heart healthy exercises, but what if none of those appeal to you? No problem, there are plenty of other wonderful ways to get your heart pumping.
Many of the Wii games (like Just Dance) or the Kinect fitness games are great options: you get to play and strengthen your heart all at the same time.
Or, maybe you get inspired by exercising in a group setting. Most fitness clubs offer a variety of cardio classes such as step, dance or boot camp. Try out as many different classes as you can. You'll eventually find the class type and schedule that works for you. And chances are, over time you'll make friends and find yourself becoming hooked on a particular class or at the very least the social aspect of it. And research has shown that being social can be just as beneficial to your heart health as exercise.
And, if group exercising just isn't your thing, there's always the cardio machines like treadmills, stairclimbers and stationary bikes.
Author: Sue Ridgeway
When it comes down to it, the options for heart healthy exercises are endless. You just have to get moving. Your heart will love you for it.