How to Keep Your Heart Healthy Through Exercise
posted by The Live Better Team | November 27, 2017
The heart is a vital muscle in the body, and an active lifestyle can help it grow stronger and healthier over time. You don’t have to be a professional athlete to exercise, and even what you think of as moderate activities can have a big impact on heart health.
Benefits and Recommendations
Regular exercise can help in a few areas:
The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise or at least 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise. You can slowly build up to this if you’re just starting out, and gradually increase your workout to help the body adjust.
Getting started with heart-healthy exercise involves thinking about what you’d like to do, and what your current level of fitness is. Do you prefer to work out on your own, or with a trainer or in a larger class? Do you want to work out at home or in a gym? Set goals for things you want to build up to, and gradually work toward these. Check in with your doctor to confirm you’re ready for activities you’re planning and talk about any limitations you may have.
A good, heart-healthy exercise plan includes elements of the following:
Once you’ve confirmed with your doctor that your workouts are safe for you, pay attention to how you’re feeling during workouts. A couple considerations here:
Your doctor can offer additional recommendations and specific advice if you’re looking for a heart-healthy exercise plan.
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This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.