Exercising for a Healthy Heart? Read This First!

Regular exercise is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of heart disease. Not only will it help to burn off your excess fat, but your heart will get a workout too. Since the heart is a muscle, by training it regularly, you’ll actually be strengthening it.

Over and above that, your muscles will get toned, blood sugar levels will stabilize, hypertension will be manageable, and it’s an excellent form of stress relief. There are many benefits… and yet, most people do not exercise regularly.

There are several reasons for this, and we’ll explore in this article. With a proper understanding of the activity, you’ll not stop exercising 1 week after you start. To reap the rewards of exercise, you need to make it a part of your lifestyle and NOT something you do for 3 months and then quit.

It has to be ongoing well into your senior years. If you can do this, you’ll be stronger, have a more excellent range of motion, and look and feel good even as you age.

• See Your Doctor First

It’s best to speak to your doctor first before engaging in any form of exercise. This especially applies to people suffering from serious medical issues or back pain.

• Don’t Wait till Tomorrow.

This is the biggest mistake that most people make. They procrastinate. They keep telling themselves, “I’ll go to the gym on Tuesday” or “I’m going to start running for 30 minutes daily… starting from next Monday.”

This is a huge mistake. Most often, the day never comes. Start today. It doesn’t have to be a Monday. It doesn’t have to be the 1st of the month. Just start today.

• Make Time

If you do not make time for exercise, you’ll never have time for it. We live in a very hectic society these days. There is a multitude of demands and stresses placed on us. If you put exercise on the back burner, you’ll never get around to it.

It’s best to get your exercise over and done with, early in the day. A run first thing in the morning will boost your metabolism and leave you refreshed the rest of the day.

Getting your exercise done early is psychologically more comfortable. You’ll not be thinking about it the whole day… and the very act of sticking to your goal will give you a sense of accomplishment and confidence.

• Do What You Love

Exercise should be fun. It’s all about activity. If you love to cycle, then cycle. If you love to swim, get in the pool, and swim away. Do not feel that you’re doomed to hours on the treadmill just because everyone else is behaving like a hamster.

There are so many physical activities that range from group sports to even rock climbing. As long as you’re working your muscles and cardiovascular system, you’re exercising. Do note that you should get both cardio and resistance training in your training plan.

Resistance training doesn’t only have to be with weights. As mentioned earlier, even rock climbing is a form of resistance training. So are bodyweight exercises. You just need to pick enjoyable activities that work your muscles and your heart.

 

• Take Things Slowly

This goes without saying. Do not overexert yourself and end up in so much pain that you can’t exercise for 3 days because of the delayed onset muscle soreness. Approach your training sensibly and make measurable progress in a reasonable time. The goal is to improve slowly without burning yourself out.

If all your workouts are excruciatingly difficult, you’ll dread working out and eventually quit. It’s better to do lighter training and do it consistently than to go hard for a month and quit for 5 years.

To wrap things up, exercise is crucial for a healthy heart. Everybody has time to exercise. A 30-minute workout is only 2 percent of your day. Keep that in mind and make exercise a part of your life.

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