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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 take charge of your heart health?

One way is doing cardiovascular exercise on a routine basis.

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

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

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 up.

The additional blood flow leads to a bigger 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 hold and distribute a increased volume of blood, even when you’re resting.

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 Ames, we track how effective your workout is.

We use Myzone, the industry-leading heart rate monitor, to measure exertion during class. Exertion levels are watched throughout class to maximize member results.

 

MyZone Chart

 

Our certified instructors keep class between 80-90 percent exertion during high-intensity periods. 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 an essential 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

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

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

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