Tuesday, February 26, 2013

heart healthy workout tips

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as part of heart health week, today i'm going to share some of my favorite heart health workout tips.
our event last night was a zumba class for about 60 people.  i had never done zumba before, and was beyond excited to try it.  it did not disappoint!  i was a lot more challenging then i thought it would be.  but i had so much fun.  i can't wait to take more classes as my new favorite workout.  

here are some more workout tips to protect your heart.....

just thirty minutes of aerobic exercises a day can help your heart! 
my favorites?

-  try a spin class.  
-  do a ladder on the treadmill that includes: 1 minute walking, 2 minutes running, 3 minutes walking, 4 minutes running, 5 minutes walking, 5 minutes running, 4 minutes walking, 3 minutes running, 2 minutes walking, and 1 minute running.  
-  stadium stair runs
-  swimming is great (obviously i included this one)

don't have time for a full 30 minutes? break it up throughout the day.  

- take the stairs instead of the elevator
-  walk to that coffee shop
- park your car farther in the parking lot

you don't need a gym membership or fancy equipment to work out!

- try yoga or a workout at home.  there are so many youtube options to choose from
-  bike with your kids or family! 
-  walk your dog 

stretching and weight training help increase stamina!

try one of these fun workouts- all found on pinterest!
1000 workout challenge

exercising does so much for your heart, such as:

lower blood pressure
improve heart failure symptoms
strengthen your heart and cardiovascular symptoms
improve circulation 

you don't need to be a slave to the gym to be healthy, but it's super important to have some sort of fitness regime! 

what are your favorite ways to keep a healthy heart?  xo

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing this, sweet girl! I'm always so curious as to what people enjoy most when it comes to exercising. I, for one, am a huge fan of spinning and swimming. I do each twice a week and toss in a mile run twice a week. So far, so good!


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