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How Exercise Affects Heart Health

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Heart disease is responsible for 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 be proactive about heart health?

One way is doing cardiovascular exercise on a regular basis.

Farrell’s cardio kickboxing classes combine cardio training with HIIT training. The result is an effective workout guaranteed to burn fat.

Strengthen your heart with a free week of classes at a Farrell’s near you.

3 Ways to Improve Heart Health

1. Cardio Workouts

Cardio exercise focuses on strengthening your heart muscle and its functions by increasing your heart rate. Your heart pumps more blood to your muscles as your heart rate increases.

The increased blood flow results in 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 hold and distribute a higher volume of blood, even when you’re resting.

This lowers your blood pressure and decreases the amount of work your heart has to do, giving it a well-deserved break.

Related: What is Strength Training and Why is it Important?

2. Heart Rate Tracking

How do you know how effective your cardio workout is?

At Farrell’s Urbandale, we use Myzone, the industry-leading heart rate monitor, to measure exertion during our classes. Exertion levels are monitored throughout class to maximize member results.


MyZone Chart


Our certified instructors keep the class between 80-90 percent exertion during high-intensity intervals. Active recovery periods are kept at 60-70 percent intensity.

Related: Why HIIT is Good for Losing Weight and Burning Fat

3. Nutrition

Cardio exercise isn’t the only way to keep your heart strong. Nutrition also plays an important role in preventative heart health.

Some of the best foods to eat for your heart are

  • Colorful vegetables
  • Leafy greens
  • Fibrous fruits
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Fish high in omega-3

And don’t forget to schedule your annual check-ups with your doctor!

Related: Carbs—Too Little or Too Much?

Strengthen Your Heart with Farrell’s

Proper nutrition and regular exercise are essential for maintaining a healthy heart.

Get started by signing up for a free week at your local Farrell’s.

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