Easy Exercises to Help Increase Circulation
Posted by: Tampa Cardio
On: December 6, 2022
When it comes to heart health the wellness of your cardiovascular system should be priority #1.
If you are looking for ways to help ensure and promote good heart health movement is key.
It is widely known that regular exercise can help improve cardiovascular health. It can lower the risk of developing heart disease as well as reduce the mortality rate.
Studies on animal models show that regular exercise can suppress the development of the formation of fatty plaques in the arteries and increase the availability of vasodilatory chemicals. It can also help lower blood pressure and improve insulin sensitivity. These studies produce the same results on humans.
Cardiovascular exercise is defined as any vigorous activity that increases heart rate and respiration and raises blood and oxygen flow throughout the body. Getting the blood pumping is good for your mind, body, and spirit.
PUTTING KNOWLEDGE INTO ACTION
Whether you are a conditioned marathon runner, an avid gym goer, in average shape, or a self-proclaimed couch potato, we wanted to give you some easy ways to work in movement during the day to keep your circulation moving.
Easy Heart-Pumping Ways to Get Your Cardio In
Walking – The good old go-to. We do it daily, but often in very short spurts and not enough to really get the blood pumping. No matter if you are at home or in an office setting, take a break and go outside. Walk at as brisk of a pace as you can for a minimum of 10-15 minutes. If you are comfortable doing longer, great. If not, that is ok too! We all have a starting point. If you have a pet get them in on the act too. Dogs love to go for walks and can be a source of motivation to get you up and out the door.
Swimming – No impact and full support. The human body loves water. Swimming can be fantastic cardiovascular exercise and is very helpful to heal injuries. 10 to 15 minutes begins getting that blood really moving.
Cycling/Biking – This activity is easy on the joints, and you can choose a regular bike or a more comfortable recumbent seat. Again 10-15 min to really get the heart going is the preferred minimum.
Yoga and Calisthenics – Though it’s not often thought of as a cardio exercise yoga can do wonders to improve circulation, muscle strength, and flexibility. If you have never done yoga before, make sure you take a beginner’s class. Calisthenics, Yes, like you did in elementary school gym class are also a great go to for movement, stretching, and warm up.
Additionally, things like taking exercise classes, boot camps, doing stair climbers, running, or skiing all provide fantastic heart health benefits. If you sit at a desk all day take stretch breaks. Stand up, move around, bend and reach. When starting any exercise program just remember to start slow and work your way up. Make sure you are in good enough health to participate in your chosen activity and then take it one movement, one workout, one day at a time. Your body will thank you.
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Posted by: Tampa Cardio