It’s National Heart Month and we aren’t just talking Valentine’s.
Your heart is like the engine that keeps you running-literally-so it’s more than a little important to pay it attention. Besides good nutrition, regular exercise is the best thing you can do for your heart.
The list of benefits is endless.
Exercise lowers blood pressure, lowers LDL cholesterol (the bad kind), and raises the good (HDL cholesterol). Exercise also lowers your blood sugar and can prevent blood clots. All of that means a healthy, happy heart for you.
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Exercise increases insulin sensitivity and is a hunger suppressant. That hits on two risk factors for heart disease: diabetes and obesity. You don’t need a magic pill; a treadmill will do.
Anything is better than nothing
But… 30 to 60 minutes of exercise a day is the optimal goal to aim for if you are looking to protect yourself against heart disease. That includes walking! So start at your level. Just make sure to move and get your heart rate up.
There is a level for everyone.
If you are a beginner, start slow and use the incline to your advantage to get your heart rate up. If you are more advanced intervals are going to be your friend. Work towards intense work periods with shorter periods of rest. The trainers at VASA can show you how.
Come on! Show a little love for your heart and hit the gym.