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How Exercise Affects Heart Health

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Heart disease is responsible 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 charge of your heart health?

One way is doing cardiovascular exercise on a routine basis.

Farrell’s cardio kickboxing classes mix cardio training with HIIT workouts. The result is an effective workout guaranteed to burn fat.

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

3 Ways to Improve Heart Health

1. Cardio Workouts

Cardio exercise makes your heart stronger by increasing your heart rate. Your heart pumps more blood to your muscles as your heart rate goes up.

The additional blood flow results in a higher volume of blood returning to your heart.

Over time, the larger blood volume enlarges the left ventricle, which is responsible for distributing oxygen-rich blood throughout your body. Your heart cavity can now hold and distribute a larger volume of blood, even when you’re resting.

This lowers your blood pressure and decreases 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 effective your workout is.

We use Myzone, the industry-leading heart rate monitor, to gauge activity during class. Exertion levels are monitored throughout class to optimize member results.

 

MyZone Chart

 

Our certified instructors keep class between 80-90 percent exertion during high-intensity periods. Active recovery periods are maintained at 60-70 percent intensity.

Related: Why HIIT is Good for Losing Weight and Burning Fat

3. Nutrition

Cardio workouts aren’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 regular check-ups with your doctor!

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Strengthen Your Heart with Farrell’s

Proper 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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