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Oct 06, 2020


Boost Heart Health with 3 Exercises

The first step towards good heart health is being physically active.  Adding to your day is the most effective tool to strengthen the heart muscle, keep your weight under control, and prevent artery damage that may be caused from high cholesterol, high blood sugar and high blood pressure leading to heart attack or stroke. 


Different types of exercise are needed to provide you with a complete fitness plan. Grow Young Fitness has it all!


Aerobic exercise and resistance training are the most important for heart health.   Also flexibility routines don’t contribute directly to heart health, however, they are important because they provide a good foundation for performing those aerobic and strength exercises more effectively.  


Here’s how different types of exercise benefit you.


1-  Aerobic Exercise (Foundation, Chair Boxing, or Cardio)


Aerobic exercise improves circulation, resulting in lowered blood pressure and heart rates.  Aerobic routines help your cardiac output which is how well your heart pumps.  These types of workouts also reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and, if you already live with diabetes, they even help you control your blood glucose.


Ideally, you should complete aerobic exercises at least 30 minutes a day, at least five days a week to boost heart health.  (Foundation, Chair Boxing, or Cardio)


Aerobic exercise are normally what your doctor has in mind when they recommend at least 150 minutes per week of moderate activity.


2-  Resistance or Strength Training (Foundation, Strength, Balance, Core or Cardio)


Resistance training workouts with more specific effect on body composition.  For people who are carrying a lot of body fat, it can help reduce fat and create lean muscle mass. Research shows that a combination of aerobic exercise and resistance training may help raise HDL (good) cholesterol and lower LDL (bad) cholesterol.


It is important to add in at least two nonconsecutive days per week of resistance and strength training to see those results, more if you feel up to it. 



3-  Stretching, Flexibility and Balance Workouts (Yoga, Balance, Arthritis, and every routine has it incorporated in the beginning/end.)


Flexibility workouts help with musculoskeletal health.  They keep your muscles flexible and help you to reduce joint pain, cramping and other muscular issues. Flexibility and a good foundation is a critical part of being able to maintain aerobic exercise and resistance training.  Also, balance exercises help maintain stability and prevent falls, which can cause injuries that limit other kinds of exercise.


Stretching, flexibility, and balance workouts can be done every day or even before and after another form of exercise.

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