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      Exercises that boost your heart health

      Being physically active is one of the best ways to keep your heart in good shape. This works by strengthening the heart muscle, keeping weight under control and thus preventing artery damage from high cholesterol, high blood sugar and high blood pressure.

      Aerobic exercise

      Aerobic exercise may be defined as any type of cardiovascular conditioning. It would push up the heart rate and may comprise activities such as brisk walking, swimming, running, or cycling. The recommended duration is at least 30 minutes a day and for a minimum of five days a week.

      This steps up circulation bringing down blood pressure and heart rate. It also provides better cardiac output which refers to how well your heart pumps. It also helps in controlling blood sugar.

      Resistance training

      This kind of exercise helps make changes in the body composition.  It specifically works on problem areas to reduce fat and create a leaner muscle mass. It’s important to stay aware that those with a lot of body fat especially a big belly are at risk for heart disease.  It’s good to take up resistance training for two non-consecutive days a week.

      Exercises that improve stretching, balance & flexibility

      This is another important category of exercises to take account of.  Flexibility workouts like stretching do not directly work for heart health. However, they improve musculoskeletal health, and this keeps you flexible and helps prevent joint pain, cramping and other muscular issues. 

      What happens when you gain a good musculoskeletal foundation, you are able to take up exercises which will help your heart. Besides this, flexibility and balance exercises improve your stability and prevent falls. These exercises must be done before and after other exercises.

      Consult your doctor for basic stretching exercises, yoga and Tai-chi also have some good choices of stretching exercises that you can take up.


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