Heart disease causes one in every four deaths in the United States. And it’s the leading cause of death for both men and women.
So how can you take charge of your heart health?
One way is doing cardiovascular exercise on a routine basis.
Farrell’s cardio kickboxing classes combine cardio training with HIIT workouts. The result is an effective workout guaranteed to burn fat.
Increase your cardiovascular health with a free week of classes at Farrell’s St. Paul.
3 Ways to Improve Heart Health
1. Cardio Workouts
Cardio exercise strengthens your heart by upping your heart rate. Your heart pumps extra blood to your muscles as your heart rate goes up.
The increased blood flow causes a higher volume of blood returning to your heart.
Over time, the higher blood volume enlarges the left ventricle, which is responsible for pumping oxygen-rich blood throughout your body. Your heart cavity can now keep and distribute a larger volume of blood, even when you’re not exercising.
This lowers your blood pressure and reduces the amount of work your heart has to do.
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2. Heart Rate Tracking
At Farrell’s St. Paul, we track how efficient your workout is.
We use Myzone, the industry-leading heart rate monitor, to measure activity during class. Exertion levels are monitored throughout class to maximize member results.
Our certified instructors
keep class between 80-90 percent exertion during high-intensity intervals. Active recovery periods are maintained at 60-70 percent intensity.
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Cardio workouts aren’t the only way to keep your heart healthy. Nutrition also plays an essential role in preventative heart health.
Some of the best foods to eat are:
- Colorful vegetables
- Leafy greens
- Fibrous fruits
- Nuts and seeds
- Fish high in omega-3
And don’t forget to schedule your routine check-ups with your doctor!
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Strengthen Your Heart with Farrell’s
Proper nutrition and regular exercise are essential for maintaining a healthy heart.
Get started by claiming your free week at Farrell’s St. Paul.