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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 combine 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 Overland Park.

3 Ways to Improve Heart Health

1. Cardio Workouts

Cardio exercise makes your heart stronger by raising your heart rate. Your heart sends extra blood to your muscles as your heart rate increases.

The extra blood flow results in a higher volume of blood returning to your heart.

Over time, the increased blood volume enlarges the left ventricle, which is responsible for distributing oxygen-rich blood throughout your body. Your heart cavity can now keep and distribute a larger volume of blood, even when you’re not exercising.

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 Overland Park, we track how effective your workout is.

We use Myzone, the industry-leading heart rate monitor, to record effort during class. Exertion levels are recorded throughout class to improve member results.

 

MyZone Chart

 

Our certified instructors keep class between 80-90 percent exertion during high-intensity intervals. Active recovery periods are kept at 60-70 percent intensity.

Related: Why HIIT is Good for Losing Weight and Burning Fat

3. Nutrition

Cardio exercise isn’t the only way to keep your heart healthy. Nutrition also plays an important function 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 annual check-ups with your doctor!

Related: Carbs—Too Little or Too Much?

Strengthen Your Heart with Farrell’s

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

Get started by claiming your free week at Farrell’s Overland Park.

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