My husband and I are recent empty nesters, and have decided we need to get in better shape. Why is cardio such an important part of what we need to do?
First, congratulations on taking steps towards improving your heart health and longevity! Exercise not only helps keep your heart healthy, it can even reverse some heart disease risk factors.... read more
Source: Lorie Liegghio, GCH Cardiopulmonary Services Director
First, congratulations on taking steps towards improving your heart health and longevity! Exercise not only helps keep your heart healthy, it can even reverse some heart disease risk factors. The American Heart Association recommends individuals perform moderately-intense exercise for at least 30 minutes every day.
Aerobic or cardiovascular exercise is any form of activity that challenges your heart to work harder and become stronger. Cardiovascular fitness also improves the way your body uses oxygen, allowing you to perform physical activity longer without losing your breath. All aerobic exercises are great for your heart, but with these five physical activities, you’re well on your way to great heart health:
Brisk Walking, whether on a treadmill or outdoors, is a natural way to improve your fitness. Your goal should be to push yourself to walk at a fast pace to achieve a moderate intensity level.
Running is one of the best ways to burn calories, lose weight and reduce your risk of heart disease. If you are new to running, start out with a brisk walk and add 1-2 minutes of running to every five minutes of walking.
Swimming is a great, full body workout. It is also a safe alternative if you have joint problems aggravated by activities such as running or walking.
Circuit Training involves short bursts of resistance exercise using moderate weights and frequent repetitions, followed quickly by another burst of exercise targeting a different muscle group.
Group Aerobic Classes improve health, offer motivation and support, and keep boredom at bay. From hula to Zumba, GCH offers a variety of classes to meet all fitness levels.
Before starting any new exercise plan, talk with your doctor to make sure the physical activities you want to begin are safe for your age, health and fitness level.