3 Heart Health Hacks: How to Exercise Your Way to a Stronger Heart

3 Heart Health Hacks: How to Exercise Your Way to a Stronger Heart

Being physically active is a vital step towards maintaining optimal heart health. According to Kerry J. Stewart, Ed.D., an exercise physiologist at Johns Hopkins, exercise strengthens the heart muscle, helps manage weight, and guards against artery damage that can lead to heart attack or stroke. Different types of exercise contribute to overall fitness.

Aerobic Exercise
Aerobic exercise improves circulation, reducing blood pressure and heart rate. It enhances aerobic fitness and cardiac output, reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes and aiding in blood glucose control. Aim for at least 30 minutes, five days a week, with activities like brisk walking, running, swimming, or cycling.

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Resistance Training (Strength Work)
Resistance training helps reduce body fat and build lean muscle mass. Combining aerobic exercise and strength work can improve cholesterol levels. Aim for at least two nonconsecutive days per week with exercises like weightlifting or body-resistance exercises.

Stretching, Flexibility, and Balance
While flexibility workouts don't directly impact heart health, they support musculoskeletal health, critical for maintaining aerobic and strength exercises. Stretching, yoga, or tai chi improve flexibility, balance, and stability, reducing the risk of injuries.

For more detailed information on incorporating these exercises into your routine and reaping the full benefits for heart health, check out the article from Johns Hopkins Medicine here.

Unlock the potential of your heart with the power of exercise and pave the way for a healthier, happier you!

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