Are you doing all you can to take care of your ticker?
Cardiovascular health is a topic that should be near and dear to everyone’s heart. And yet, many of us forget to focus on keeping this muscle fit. Such simple habits as limiting sodium consumption and managing stress levels help to power and protect our heart. But exercise is the elixir to lowering, controlling and even eliminating heart-related conditions.
Like prescribed medication, exercise works well only when done consistently and correctly. Because physical activity increases pressure on the heart, it is important for those with hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, those who have had a heart attack or stroke, are overweight or recently quit smoking, to practice caution by consulting a physician before starting a new routine.
The following heart-healthy homework helps to improve overall cardiovascular health. When performing these exercises, choose lighter weights to avoid straining and don’t hold your breath, as these slip-ups can cause blood pressure to spike.
For best results, repeat this circuit three times, two to three days each week. On off days or in addition to this routine, try to incorporate at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise. Here are some options to fulfill this goal:
Warm-up: 30-second stationary march
Take a stand
Step it up
A loaded lunge