Are you reading this blog while sitting in front of a computer screen?
How long have you been sitting there, exactly? Exactly how long do you plan on staying put?
We’re not judging, but a sedentary lifestyle is proven to be one of the leading contributors to heart disease. And experts say that those who don’t exercise are twice as likely to develop the condition.
If extended periods of deskwork are part of your daily routine, consider a personal fitness program. It can do wonders for your heart’s health (and break up the monotony, to boot!)
Regular, aerobic exercise – workouts centered on walking, climbing, cycling, the elliptical, and more – are the key. The American Heart Association recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate aerobic or cardiovascular activity per day for optimum heart health. These activities get your heart pumping, and help to keep it safe by:
- Improving circulation
- Regulating weight
- Helping your body utilize oxygen more efficiently
- Boosting energy and endurance
- Lowering blood pressure
- Reducing bad cholesterol (LDL) levels and raising the good (HDL)
- Reducing stress and anxiety
- Promoting better sleep
In addition to aerobic exercise, partaking in strength training a minimum of two to three times per week is highly recommended. A personal fitness program can help to strike a balance between cardiovascular and resistance training. Sit ups, push-ups, and weight lifting are not only heart healthy essentials, but they also help in reducing one’s risk of diabetes by cutting down on insulin resistance.
Interval training, too – or alternating moderate exercise with bouts of vigorous activity – has also been shown to be incredibly beneficial. The variation of intensities strengthens the heart muscle, while burning calories.
Hiring a certified personal trainer to be your guide to heart healthiness ensures a customized workout that fits your body type, medical needs, and personal goals.
Before starting any personal fitness program, however, be sure to consult with your family physician. Inform him or her of any pre-existing medical conditions you may have and any medications you may be taking.
Then contact a representative at Fitness Together Ellicott City. We can help you develop an exercise program that fits you perfectly – heart, mind, and soul.