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How Exercise Affects Heart Health

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Heart disease accounts 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 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 training. The result is a dynamic workout guaranteed to burn fat.

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

3 Ways to Improve Heart Health

1. Cardio Workouts

Cardio exercise strengthens your heart by increasing your heart rate. Your heart sends extra blood to your muscles as your heart rate goes up.

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

Over time, the larger 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 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 Des Moines, we track how efficient your workout is.

We use Myzone, the industry-leading heart rate monitor, to gauge exertion 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 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 regular check-ups with your doctor!

Related: Carbs—Too Little or Too Much?

Strengthen Your Heart with Farrell’s

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

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

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