As warmer weather approaches (for those of us in multi-seasonal areas), stepping outside becomes more enticing. Many of us have likely spent the colder months hibernating inside, indulging on too many delicious holiday snacks. Even if you’re not ready to get working on your beach bod, now is a great time to get back outside and kick start some of the physical activity that’s been lacking through winter. Exercise can be intimidating after a long layoff, but there are easy ways to get started – and your heart will thank you. Here are three simple exercise tips for better heart health this spring:
Tip #1 – Walk 30 minutes each day
One of the easiest ways to exercise your heart is to walk for 30 minutes each day. You can do this on a treadmill, on your street, or even head to a local recreation center or field. Better yet, you can team up with a friend to walk and improve your heart health together. In addition to working the most important muscle in your body – your heart – walking has other benefits like helping you lose weight, sculpting your legs, and even putting you in a better mood.
Tip #2 – Weight training
For a lot of people, the first thing they think of when they hear “weight training” is trying to bench press as much as humanly possible. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. Using lighter weights, there are dozens of exercises you can do to work on different parts of your body. Your heart rate will increase when you lift and decrease as you rest. Think of it as a two-for-one workout: exercising muscles like your arms and legs, while also exercising your heart.
Tip #3 – Yoga
Yoga might seem overly relaxing and like it doesn’t do much to your body, but it’s quite the opposite. You’d need more than a few hands to count yoga’s benefits. While it can be calming, it also builds muscle and bone strength, and enhances your immune system. Behind the scenes, yoga increases your blood flow and heart rate, while it decreases your blood pressure. All told, yoga is a pretty complete package when it comes to exercising your body.
** Remember – heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States, but it’s preventable if you take proactive steps like exercise. Tag us on social media to tell us your favorite way to exercise and/or share these tips with a friend! **