A sedentary lifestyle, meaning a life full of lounging and laziness, can lead to serious health concerns later in life. Regular physical activity can help keep your heart healthy. It’s American Heart Month; why not make an intention for the month to take care of your heart muscle and keep it going strong?
Here are some tips for effectively exercising to get the most heart healthy benefits.
- Warm-Up and Cool Down. Warming up will reduce the stress on your heart and other muscles and will help slowly increase your breathing and heart rate. A cool down where you slowly decrease exercise intensity can help the body recover.
- Avoid overworking. Make sure to leave at least an hour after meals before you exercise to allow the body to fully digest. Also, remember to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water before and after sweating.
- Keep a routine. Getting into a routine of activity not only makes it more convenient to exercise but it also allows you to see your body change as it gets stronger. Gradually increase the exercise intensity of your routine to keep the heart working without getting bored.