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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 routine basis.

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

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

3 Ways to Improve Heart Health

1. Cardio Workouts

Cardio exercise makes your heart healthier by raising your heart rate. Your heart sends additional blood to your muscles as your heart rate goes higher.

The extra blood flow leads to a larger volume of blood returning to your heart.

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

This lowers your blood pressure and lessens 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 LaVista, we track how efficient your workout is.

We use Myzone, the industry-leading heart rate monitor, to measure effort during class. Exertion levels are recorded throughout class to improve 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 fitness isn’t the only way to keep your heart healthy. Nutrition also plays an important 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 routine check-ups with your doctor!

Related: Carbs—Too Little or Too Much?

Strengthen Your Heart with Farrell’s

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

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

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