Physical activity is one of the most effective tools to strengthen your heart. It also helps keep your weight under control to prevent high cholesterol, high blood sugar and high blood pressure. There are three different types of exercises you can do to get a stronger and healthier heart. Stretching, resistance training and aerobic exercises, are all important for heart health. Below are some examples to get you started:
Aerobic exercises help improve blood circulation, which in turn can lower your blood pressure and heart rate. Fitness equipment, such as the CanDo® Pedal Exerciser, can help you achieve your aerobic exercise goals. This product comes preassembled and it is extremely portable. You can use it to workout both your upper and lower body. Slide it in under your desk for a lower body workout while you are at work or put it on a tabletop for an upper body workout. Using it for at least 30 minutes daily with help you with your aerobic exercises.
In combination with aerobic exercises, resistance training can help reduce your fat and can even lower your cholesterol. You can do all your resistance training with our CanDo® Bands. One exercise you can do with our CanDo® resistance band is a leg press. Simply sit in your chair with your back straight and place one foot in the middle of the resistance band. Hold both ends of the end with your hand and then bend your knee towards you. Then straighten it back out in front of you before returning to starting position. Do this on each leg ten times.
Stretching does not directly impact your heart health, but it can make you more flexible so that you are able to complete your aerobic and resistance training exercises more easily. The lung with a spinal twist stretch is a great exercise for those who sit all day. To begin roll out a CanDo® Yoga Mat and stand with your feet together. Then, take a big step forward with your left foot to make a staggered stance. Then, bend your knee and drop into a lunge. Make sure you are keeping your right leg straight behind you with your toes to the ground. Then, place your right hand to the floor and twist your upper body to the left as you extend your left arm to the ceiling. Hold this position for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before repeating on the other side.
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Article written by William Graves.