Exercising Improves Your Heart Health
Posted: January 23, 2013 Working to become fit can be enjoyable, social and great exercise. If you don't believe us, just listen to your girlfriend rave about her latest Zumba workout class. Visit with your neighbor as she walks her dog by your home. Or, read about a local biking club member's adventure exploring your community.
UnityPoint Health - Des Moines
At UnityPoint Health - Des Moines, we encourage people to continually seek ways to improve their heart health. We believe regular exercise offers an easy way toward that goal. In addition, exercise can be as diverse as your personal interests. It spans such things as walking, jogging, climbing or swimming. Exercise can be done in the morning, afternoon or evening. You control the purpose, time and duration of your activities or program.
According to Jennifer Mieres, M.D., American Heart Association (AHA), "to get heart-healthy benefits, you need to get your heart rate up." With that in mind, the ADA offers several tips for starting a heart healthy exercise program.
The AHA also suggests beginning a walking program. Check out the Start Walking program to get going with expert advice or to find your "sole-mate." A partner can help you keep it enjoyable and together you can cheer each other on to reach your goals.
- Aerobic exercises done 30 minutes each day is excellent for increasing your heart rate. Climbing the stairs, a brisk walk, orbital exercise machine or treadmill, anything to get your heart rate up.
- Any moderate-intensity exercise like swimming, jogging, Pilates and yoga is good. Exercising your heart muscle means exercising your body. You don't need a gym, just a bit of motivation and a good pair of walking shoes.
- If you "don't have time" then fit shorter, but more frequent periods of exercise throughout your day. Take the stairs, park your car further away from the door and definitely count in those house chores such as mowing the lawn, vacuuming, or a short brisk walk around the block at lunch or for a break.
For more information about keeping your heart healthy, please visit cardiovascular services section on our website.