Working out is a big part of heart health and can help prevent things like heart disease, help lower cholesterol, and even relieve stress. Here are a few workouts that will help to push you in the right direction for your heart’s health.
Jogging. We all know that one of the best ways to improve heart health is through cardio workouts by getting that heart rate up! Whether it is on the treadmill, bike, elliptical or around the neighborhood, get up and get moving. If necessary, start out slow, but try to keep moving for 20-30 minutes.
Pilates. Pilates is another exercise that’s ideal for keeping you and your heart healthy and strong. Stretching and toning exercises like this help to increase circulation throughout your body and will also increase flexibility. For women 50 and older, maintaining flexibility and preserving muscle tone are a top priority.
Swimming. Swimming is a low-impact heart-healthy exercise that offers several benefits for women 50 and older. Swimming just a couple of times per week can strengthen the heart and lungs and will give you a total body workout. Swimming is a good option for women 50 and older because it does not require any special equipment and promises few risks of injury.
Spinning. Spin class, or cycling, is for anyone from beginner to expert and aims to increase heart rate for a longer period of time, and burns many calories.
Trainers usually coach a class throughout the work out, motivating them with music and target goals. Generally, most gyms have spin classes, so check your local gyms schedule.