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4 Exercises to Improve Cardiovascular Health



Making time for daily exercise is essential to living a healthy life. Performing different forms of exercise works in strengthening the heart. Even low intensity movements such as yoga and swimming. The American Heart Association suggests that 40 minutes of exercise 3 to 4 times a week can prevent cardiovascular disease from developing. If you want to workout but don’t know where to start, try these 4 exercises that will help improve your cardiovascular health:


Jogging


Jogging is a great way to improve your cardiovascular health. Over time, jogging lowers blood pressure and contributes to a lower resting heart rate. It’s one of those exercises that feels like you’re working out at first, but once you get past the first 5 to 10 minutes, you will begin to balance your breathing. It becomes a means of meditation once finding your rhythm.


Walking


Don’t underestimate the power of simply walking. Speed walking is an exercise that is incredibly easy on the joints. Blood circulation throughout the body is increased and blood pressure is lowered over time. Walking while listening to music or your favorite podcast passes the time. Grab an accountability partner and walk in your spare time. Try to walk at least 3 to 4 miles per hour. Even 1 mile a day is a step towards better heart health.


Yoga


Just like jogging and walking, yoga helps to lower blood pressure. There are 84 basic asanas that increase blood circulation and oxygen throughout the body. You need more oxygen when stretching and holding a pose in intervals. Yoga gets your heart rate up and gets blood flowing to the muscles being used.


HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)


If you want to get in a full workout in a timely manner, try high intensity interval training. Working out in short bursts of intervals allows your body to recover longer. HIIT works in getting your heart rate up and back down enough to improve the function of your blood vessels and burn calories.


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