6 Heart Healthy Ways To Exercise 💪

It’s the last day of Heart Health month - what's one of the best ways you can celebrate? ➡️ Stay calm, and workout! 💗

Did you know that your heart is a muscle… and just like any other muscle, it needs exercise too! In fact, exercise is one of the best things you can do to improve the strength and efficiency of your heart. ❣️

Further, regular exercise may help reduce your risk of heart disease by HALF! 😯 Say what?! Yep! It can increase your body’s ability to utilize oxygen, thus improving your circulation and your heart’s ability to pump. Because of this, your heart becomes stronger and more efficiently pushes blood throughout your body with the help of your lungs.

Looking for ways to incorporate some heart-healthy exercises into your everyday life? Look no further! Try these 6️⃣ exercises to help you get started with a heart-healthy exercise routine! 💪

🚶‍♂️ Walking 🚶‍♂️

Yes, it might seem a little too easy. But walking, especially speed walking, is a great way to strengthen your heart! It is a form of aerobic exercise and is one of the easiest ways to increase your physical activity and improve your health. Walking will get your heart rate up and is easier on your joints than other types of exercise.

Plus, you can walk anywhere, at any time. Grab your pair of walking shoes and do a short walk during your lunch break or a longer walk on the weekend. The flexibility of walking makes it easy for anyone to do - and to keep doing it!

🏋️‍♀️ Weight training 🏋️‍♀️

Building the other muscles in your body will help your heart! Weight training can help you build muscle mass and burn fat - and because strength training increases lean muscle mass, it gives your cardiovascular system places to send the blood being pumped.

We know that weight training can be intimidating and although you can hit the gym to train with weights, some of the most effective weight training actually happens when you use your own body weight! 💪 Exercises like push-ups, squats, or even pull-ups all help you build muscle and contribute to bone and heart health, and result in less pressure on your arteries, which helps reduce the chances of heart-related problems. We challenge YOU to grab an accountability partner, and try some weight training soon! Your heart will thank you 🥰

BTW - not an ad, but we just love the Peloton app for at-home bodyweight workouts!

🏊 Swimming 🏊

Yup, swimming isn’t just for lazy summer afternoons (even though we love those, too!). Just like walking, swimming is an aerobic exercise that strengthens the heart by helping it become larger; making it more efficient in pumping – which leads to better blood flow throughout your body. In fact, 30 minutes of swimming a day can reduce coronary heart disease in women by 30 to 40 percent!

Unlike other types of exercise, swimming is easy on your joints and allows you to move your body without a lot of pain. Taking a water aerobics class or swimming laps can be a full-body workout that will strengthen not only your body, but your sweet ‘lil heart! ❤️

🧘‍♀️ Yoga 🧘‍♀️

Although it might not seem like it, yoga is great for your heart health. Beyond off-loading stress, practicing yoga may help lower blood pressure, blood cholesterol and blood glucose levels, as well as heart rate, making it a useful lifestyle intervention!

More active yoga can really get your heart rate up, while still providing the calm that will lower your blood pressure! Who knew it’d be so good for your heart to raise the rate and also relax at the same time?! Count us IN! 🙏

🏃‍♀️ Interval Training 🏃‍♀️

Interval training - also known as HIIT workouts - alternate between short bursts of high-intensity exercise with longer periods of active recovery — is a great way to get a full-sized workout in a short amount of time. Interval training forces your heart to alternate between working hard and recovering, meaning that doing that multiple times in a single workout can help your heart become more efficient.

For example, you can do this by running for one minute and walking for three minutes, then repeating the cycle. Raising and lowering your heart rate helps to burn calories and improves the function of your blood vessels.

🚴‍♂️ Cycling 🚴‍♂️

Jumping on your bike can do more than just get you from one place to another. 😌 Regular cycling stimulates and improves your heart, lungs and circulation, reducing your risk of cardiovascular diseases. Because it uses your large muscles in your legs, it strengthens heart muscles, lowers resting pulse and reduces blood fat levels.

BONUS: Cycling has even been shown to improve your mental health - how amazing is that?!

Whatever exercise you choose, doing it regularly is essential to taking care of your heart! 💗

We challenge you to commit to moving your body at least 20 minutes every day. You've got this! 👏

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