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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 be proactive about your heart health?

One way is doing cardiovascular exercise on a frequent basis.

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

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

3 Ways to Improve Heart Health

1. Cardio Workouts

Cardio exercise strengthens your heart by increasing your heart rate. Your heart deploys more blood to your muscles as your heart rate goes higher.

The increased blood flow causes a larger 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 retain and distribute a larger volume of blood, even when you’re resting.

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 West Des Moines, we track how efficient your workout is.

We use Myzone, the industry-leading heart rate monitor, to measure activity during class. Exertion levels are watched 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 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 regular check-ups with your doctor!

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Strengthen Your Heart with Farrell’s

Proper nutrition and frequent exercise are essential for maintaining a healthy heart.

Get started by signing up for a free week at Farrell’s West Des Moines.

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