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How Exercise Affects Heart Health

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Heart disease causes 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 control of your heart health?

One way is doing cardiovascular exercise on a regular basis.

Farrell’s cardio kickboxing classes combine 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 Altoona.

3 Ways to Improve Heart Health

1. Cardio Workouts

Cardio exercise strengthens your heart by increasing your heart rate. Your heart pumps additional 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 pumping oxygen-rich blood throughout your body. Your heart cavity can now hold and distribute a higher 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 Altoona, we track how effective your workout is.

We use Myzone, the industry-leading heart rate monitor, to gauge activity 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 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 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

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

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

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