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Workout Tips

This section of our health library is devoted to – you guessed it – workout tips! Learn about all things fitness in these articles that are designed to help you get up and get moving, regardless of your physical ability.

Workout Plans for Staying Heart Healthy

Workout Plans for Staying Heart Healthy

You’ve been eating better, drinking plenty of water, and watching your weight – but you’re forgetting something. What do you think it might be? If you guessed exercise, you’re probably right.

While it is quite an accomplishment to have made it this far, considering the various workout plans available to you will propel your weight loss success to new heights. The trouble, especially for those new to the weight loss scene, is how to sift through the thousands of workout programs out there and find ones that help you stay heart healthy.

Keep Your Ticker Ticking

Right now, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) estimates that more than 27 million Americans are suffering from heart disease, also referred to as coronary artery disease. What’s more? Many are not even aware that they have it.

In order to help shield yourself from the growing tidal wave of heart disease diagnoses, quality heart healthy workout plans are a must for your daily routine. Understand, however, that this does not mean that your life will now take place mainly in the gym. In fact, most heart healthy workout plans do not even require a gym membership to complete!

First Things First

Undoubtedly, many of you are probably pretty excited to learn that adding daily exercise can help increase your weight loss success. In your excitement to begin a new phase of your weight loss program, don’t forget to consult with your doctor about any workout plans you intend to begin. Remember, exercise can help you lose weight, but injury can keep you sidelined, and in severe cases, even sedentary. It’s always best to check with your doctor first.

Let’s Move, with Caution

Once you have obtained your doctor’s approval to begin a workout regimen, it is time to get down to the details – which exercises promote heart health, and how long do you need to perform them?

BistroMD’s fitness expert, and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA, Sean Wells, stresses the importance of not pushing yourself too hard, too quickly. “Often, people get so excited about starting their workout plans that they overwork their bodies. Sometimes, this can create too much stress too soon on your body, which ultimately leads to injury,” says Sean.

What to Do

Rather than paying for expensive gym memberships, Sean recommends that dieters new to exercise choose workout plans that are made up of low-impact aerobic activity, with light dumbbell exercises.

Some of the best aerobic exercises for promoting a healthy heart are walking, light jogging, swimming, and bike riding. Of course, there are plenty of other aerobic exercises that suit the needs of more or less active individuals. This is where talking to your doctor can be a huge help.

With regard to dumbbell exercises, keep your weight reasonable. The idea is not to build bulging muscles, but rather to perform repeated muscle contractions. This gets your heart pumping, and can help to strengthen your heart muscles. However, individuals suffering from heart failure should only perform such exercises under the supervision of medical professionals.

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