Routine exercise is one of the best ways to boost your heart health.
Daily or frequent exercise can strengthen your heart and improve your mood, make you more energic, and reduce or prevent heart disease. Aerobic or cardio workouts are the best for your heart health because they get your body moving quickly and your heart beating fast. Finding exercises you enjoy makes frequent exercise much easier.
For a healthy heart, exercise 4 or 5 days a week with a variety of exercises for different muscle groups. Mixing up when you work out and which exercises you do will keep your body from plateauing and help improve results.
To build an efficient workout routine, combine days of low, moderate, and high intensity exercise within your week. Two or three of your workout days should be moderately intense with one day of high intesnity exercise. Having one day of low intensity will help ensure you don't over exersice which could cause injuries.
Ease into any routine by starting out slow and increasing intensity until you reach your ideal workout. We’ve got a few suggestions to try in any order you like:
One day: Strength train for 30 minutes
Don’t let living in an apartment stop you from getting in a strong workout. Quiet exercises like squats, pushups, planks, and lunges are excellent choices. Combine these on your own or try a low impact 30 minute apartment friendly workout.
One day: Be active for 1 hour
Make working out fun with an hour of your favourite activity. Simply get up and move around for an hour. Try walking, dancing, sports, swimming, or even cleaning the apartment.
Two to three days: Moderately intense exercises
Moderate exercise includes running, rollerblading, riding a bike. Too hot out or worried about increment weather? Try a moderately intense standing cardio workout or a 30 minute Pilate’s routine.
One day: High intensity interval exercises
To maximize your workout on these days, use an interval system to exercise hard for 4 minutes and then rest for 3. Repeating this type of interval workout is called High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). At the gym you can, work out hard for 4 minutes on one machine, then rest before starting on a different machine. Or you can try an apartment friendly cardio HIIT workout at home.