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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 exercises. The result is a great workout guaranteed to burn fat.

Strengthen your heart with a free week of classes at Farrell’s Urbandale.

3 Ways to Improve Heart Health

1. Cardio Workouts

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

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

Over time, the higher blood volume enlarges the left ventricle, which is responsible for distributing 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 lessens 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 Urbandale, we track how productive your workout is.

We use Myzone, the industry-leading heart rate monitor, to measure exertion during class. Exertion levels are recorded throughout class to improve member results.

 

MyZone Chart

 

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

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

3. Nutrition

Cardio exercise isn’t the only way to keep your heart working well. 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 annual check-ups with your doctor!

Related: Carbs—Too Little or Too Much?

Strengthen Your Heart with Farrell’s

Adequate nutrition and routine exercise are important for maintaining a healthy heart.

Get started by claiming your free week at Farrell’s Urbandale.

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