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How Exercise Affects Heart Health

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Heart disease is responsible 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 take charge of your heart health?

One way is doing cardiovascular exercise on a frequent basis.

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

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

3 Ways to Improve Heart Health

1. Cardio Workouts

Cardio exercise strengthens your heart by upping your heart rate. Your heart sends more blood to your muscles as your heart rate goes higher.

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

Over time, the higher blood volume enlarges the left ventricle, which is responsible for distributing oxygen-rich blood throughout your body. Your heart cavity can now retain and distribute a larger volume of blood, even when you’re not exercising.

This lowers your blood pressure and reduces 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 Stillwater, we track how productive your workout is.

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

 

MyZone Chart

 

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

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

3. Nutrition

Cardio workouts aren’t the only way to keep your heart healthy. Nutrition also plays an important 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 regular check-ups with your doctor!

Related: Carbs—Too Little or Too Much?

Strengthen Your Heart with Farrell’s

Good nutrition and regular exercise are essential for maintaining a healthy heart.

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

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