When a group of children is asked to name an organ of the body, the heart is typically one of the first to come to mind. That’s because we learn its importance at a very young age. The heart is a power-house pump that pushes blood throughout the body and back again. The heart is a well-oiled machine…until it isn’t; then a devastating reality becomes apparent – the heart is only as strong as we make it.
So what can we do to keep our heart strong, healthy, and pumping? I have 4 Heart Health Hints to get your blood flowing (and keep it that way!)
#4 Implement a Consistent Exercise Routine
It’s no big secret that exercise will ultimately be good for your heart. Your heart is a muscles and consistently working it out will make it (and keep it) a lean, mean, blood-pumping machine. I won’t go into the many other reasons that regular exercise is good for your overall healthy; suffice it to say the reasons are many and true.
While you should always consult a health care professional and/or someone certified and knowledgeable about exercise before starting a strenuous exercise program, there are several broad recommendations that can be made. Almost every program should incorporate some anaerobic burst-type exercises. Commonly called interval training, these types of exercises have been shown to have a wide range of health benefits and can be efficiently completed in a short amount of time.
Weight training is also an important aspect of a well-rounded workout program. It doesn’t have to be larger amounts of weight, but the process of working individual muscles groups will strengthen your frame and increase blood flow to the focused areas of your body.
That's the last of our 4 Heart Health Hints. Check in next month for Once a Day for Life: 4 Top Nutritional Must-Haves.
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