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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 blend cardio training with HIIT training. The result is a dynamic workout guaranteed to burn fat.

Increase your heart health with a free week of classes at Farrell’s Waterloo.

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.

 

MyZone Chart

 

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.

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