The 3 Best Exercises for Heart HealthThere's about a billion different reasons people exercise. Some do it to shed a few pounds. There are some who do it to relieve stress. While others are trying to live a little healthier.
Although few, we assume, do it for heart health. But the truth is, your heart is the most important muscle in your body. Sorry biceps, but we'd like to see you supply blood to every cell in the human body!
The point is, your heart deserves some attention in the workout department. And certain exercises can improve blood flow, lower blood pressure, and ultimately reduce your risk for heart disease.
1. WalkingWalking is the best in every way possible. Walking can lower cholesterol levels, reduce blood pressure, and boost overall energy. Not to mention, walking is a super-easy way to reduce stress and enhance your emotional well-being.
And just in case those reasons aren't enough – when compared to running, walking is way less demanding on the body.
2. YogaAt its core, yoga centers around relaxing your mind, body, and spirit. Which goes a long way in relieving stress, a major cause of heart disease. Plus, yoga helps with flexibility, making other exercises more achievable!
3. Strength trainingStrength training can help raise good cholesterol while reducing the bad ones. It also helps decrease your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Plus, some of the best strength training exercises can be done in the comfort of your home! So think pushups, squats, pull-ups, and lunges.
Whatever your exercise of choice may be, we suggest spending at least 150-minutes a week doing moderate exercises, just be sure to check with your doctor to develop a workout plan that works for you.
Updated February 22, 2022