How Exercise Affects Heart Health
Frequent cardio exercise is critical for supporting a healthy heart. Learn about three easy ways you can increase your cardiovascular health. Begin your healthy habits with a free week of heart-pumping and fat-burning classes at your local Farrells.
3 Ways to Improve Heart Health 1. Cardio Workouts Cardio exercise makes your heart healthier by raising your heart rate. Your heart sends more blood to your muscles as your heart rate goes up. The extra blood flow causes a higher volume of blood returning to your heart. Over time, the increased blood volume enlarges the left ventricle, which is responsible for sending oxygen-rich blood throughout your body. Your heart cavity can now keep 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 Waterloo, we track how efficient your workout is. We use Myzone, the industry-leading heart rate monitor, to measure activity during class. Exertion levels are watched throughout class to improve member results. Our certified instructors keep class between 80-90 percent exertion during high-intensity intervals. 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 strong. 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 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 signing up for a free week at Farrell’s Waterloo.">
Why HIIT is Good for Losing Weight and Burning Fat
HIIT workouts are recognized as the best way to lose weight and burn fat. Plus, they're quick, so they work with your calendar. Want to experience a HIIT class? Try a week on us at your local FXB.
12 Benefits of HIIT HIIT exercises are quick and fit with for your routine. Even better is what your body does after class is over. These workouts spark afterburn by expanding your metabolic rate. Simply put, you torch calories after ending your workout—even while resting on the couch! HIIT workouts increase muscle and speed up your metabolism. This helps your body burn fat for increased periods of time. Here are 12 more benefits of HIIT: Burns more calories faster Enhances endurance Strengthens cardiovascular health Improves blood vessel capacity Promotes blood sugar management Increases oxygen use Lowers resting heart rate and blood pressure Negates age-related muscle decline Encourages human growth hormone creation Expands fast-twitch muscles Promotes brain function Fights anxiety and depression Related: What is Strength Training and Why is it Important? 12-Minute HIIT Workout You Can Do at Home Not close to a Farrell’s? No problem! We’ve developed a simple yet effective HIIT workout you can do at home. No equipment required! Perform each exercise for 45 seconds, then rest 15 seconds between each move. Repeat this circuit twice. Jump Squats Push-ups Burpees Alternating Side Lunges Mountain Climbers Plank Related: 6 Reasons Why Farrell’s Nutrition Works! Lose Weight and Burn Fat with FXB If you need to burn body fat, add muscle and enhance your cognitive health, HIIT is for you. Plus, it packs all the benefits of other exercises into quick, convenient workouts. Want to get started with a fun and effective workout? Check out group fitness HIIT classes at a Farrell’s near you!">
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What is Strength Training and Why is it Important?
Strength training is a piece of the healthy lifestyle we foster at FXB. It can aid in weight loss and halt osteoporosis and muscle degeneration.