Philippine Heart Month

Philippine Heart Month

5 Best Heart-Friendly Exercises

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Having regular exercise strengthens your heart and keeps you away from cardiovascular diseases. If you already have any heart disease, your cardiologist will most likely recommend that you develop a daily exercise routine that lasts for at least 150 minutes.

Here are the best exercises you can apply:

  • 1. Walking - It might be easy to do, but walking, particularly speed walking is a great way to strengthen your heart. It can make your heart rate up and is easier for your joints to endure than any other type of exercise.
  • Bonus: You can walk anytime and anywhere as long as you are wearing comfortable shoes and you have a friend to accompany you, to make your walk more enjoyable.
  • 2. Weight Training - This type of exercise is very important in burning fat and building muscle mass. Although you can go to the gym to lose weight, it is more effective if you use your own body weight. These exercises include push-ups, squats, or pull-ups.
  • 3. Swimming - Taking a water aerobics class or swimming laps can be a full-body workout to strengthen not only your heart, but also your whole body.
  • 4. Yoga - Doing yoga can help strengthen and tone your muscles. There are certain types of this exercise that can get your heart rate up, while still providing the calm to lower your blood pressure.
  • 5. Cycling - While your bike can take you from one place to another, it is also helpful in reducing your risk of heart disease. Cycling uses the large muscles in your legs, which elevate your heart rate.

Whichever exercise you incorporate into your daily routine, consult your cardiologist first to make sure you are doing it right. For more information, visit us at First Floor, OPD Building or contact us at (043) 778 4811 loc 143.

Source: Intermountain Healthcare