Here are some of the best exercises to improve and strengthen your heart.
Your heart is a muscle, which means that it also benefits from regular exercise. Whether our West Monroe or Winnsboro, LA, cardiologist Dr. Virginia Gonzalez has recommended getting more exercise to improve your heart health or you want to take the initiative and look for ways to get your heart pumping, these exercises could support a heart-healthy lifestyle.
Get Aerobic Exercise Almost Every Day
You don’t have to do round after round of soul-crushing burpees or run a 10k to reap the benefits of exercise. Walking is a simple aerobic exercise that can get your heart pumping without necessarily being ruthless to your joints. A brisk walk around the neighborhood for at least 30 minutes five days a week is what you’ll need to boost circulation and improve your heart rate.
Alternatively, you can also swim, cycle, or jump rope. Just make sure that you are getting at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity.
Pump Some Iron
Resistance training is also incredible for your health and has been known to help keep people lean and fit. By reducing body fat, our West Monroe, LA, heart doctor can also reduce your risk for heart disease. Getting in two days of resistance training a week along with aerobic exercise is all you need to lower cholesterol levels and to keep your heart healthy. You can choose from a variety of free weights or weight machines, as well as body weight exercises such as push-ups.
Don’t Forget to Stretch
Particularly when you are first starting, you may find yourself feeling a bit sore after weightlifting or running. This is just one reason why you should always take time to stretch the body after working out. Participating in therapeutic exercises such as yoga or Pilates each week can help to improve coordination and balance, while also preventing injuries and soreness.
Before starting a new workout routine it’s always a good idea to consult with our cardiologist beforehand to make sure that you’re healthy enough for exercise. Schedule an appointment with the Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center in West Monroe and Winnsboro, LA, by calling Dr. Virginia Gonzalez at (318) 338-3540.