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 be proactive about your heart health?

One way is doing cardiovascular exercise on a regular 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 Little Elm.

3 Ways to Improve Heart Health

1. Cardio Workouts

Cardio exercise makes your heart stronger by raising your heart rate. Your heart deploys additional blood to your muscles as your heart rate increases.

The additional blood flow causes a bigger volume of blood returning to your heart.

Over time, the higher blood volume enlarges the left ventricle, which is responsible for pumping 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 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 Little Elm, we track how effective your workout is.

We use Myzone, the industry-leading heart rate monitor, to gauge effort 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 sets. 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 essential role 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 annual check-ups with your doctor!

Related: Carbs—Too Little or Too Much?

Strengthen Your Heart with Farrell’s

Proper nutrition and regular exercise are necessary for maintaining a healthy heart.

Get started by registering for a free week at Farrell’s Little Elm.

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