Follow these simple exercise tips to improve your heart and your health.
While we here at Clear Water Outdoor often encourage the importance of getting outside and spending time among nature
, we also recognize that, for the majority of us, it is not always easy to escape the long hours of the workplace and fit in time for working out. In fact, when you take a step back and look at your daily schedule, your office is often the one place where you are most sedentary throughout the day.
Unfortunately, a sedentary (or inactive) lifestyle increases your risk of developing heart disease, as well as increases your risk of other diseases such as obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure. Luckily, it is a risk factor that you are able to do something about.
Incorporating even just small amounts of exercise and physical activity
into your daily life can be good for your heart, as long as it happens regularly and over the long term. Regular exercise, specifically aerobic exercise, can even provide you with health benefits such as lowered blood pressure, increased energy levels, strengthened heart and cardiovascular symptoms, and more.
If you are someone whose job and leisure activities involve little to no physical activity, you may want to start adding exercise into your daily routine. If you don't, you could be doubling your risk of dying from heart disease. Therefore, to help you get started, we have put together three different types of exercises that will keep your heart and body healthy this summer.
While stretching is often thought of as a pre-cursor for difficult exercises or workouts, stretching exercises also help to maintain flexibility and prevent injury and muscle strain
. Plus, regular stretching can also increase your range of motion, which will help with other exercises, such as running or competing in sports.
Cardiovascular or Aerobic Activity
Cardio or aerobic activity often involves steady physical activity that utilizes a large portion of your body's muscle groups. These challenging activities help to strengthen your heart and lungs, while also improving your body's ability to use and store oxygen. Including 30 minutes of aerobic exercise into your daily routine is also an excellent step towards decreasing your heart rate and blood pressure. Activities such as walking, jogging, swimming, bicycling or skating are all good examples of cardio workouts.
Strength training and resistive exercises are often a great complement to aerobic training
, as they increase stamina rather than heart rate. Strength exercises use repeated muscle contractions to tighten the muscle until it becomes tired, in turn preventing age-related bone and muscle-mass losses. These type of resistive exercises can be done using free weights or standard gym equipment.
Do you have any other tips for staying heart healthy during the work week? Be sure to share them with us in the comments below! After all, our heart is one of the most important body parts that we have, and it is essential for maintaining a long, healthy life.