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Hike, Row, or Hula-Hoop for Better Heart Health!

By Stephen R. Farris

Feeling more sluggish and fatigued than usual? It could be a sign that your heart is telling you changes in your diet and doing more exercise are needed. Take heed before it's too late and heart disease begins setting in; in the worst-case scenario, you could have a stroke.

The quicker you can fix the problem, the better, but first check with your primary physician or local chiropractor to make sure there are no underlying conditions, and that you're healthy enough to begin an exercise program or new diet.

Another thing to consider if you haven't been exercising in a long time is to take it slow in the beginning. Baby steps, but not too many of them. You'll want to get acquainted with proper form and technique before gradually moving on to the next level. So let's take a look at some of the exercises that are considered great for the heart.

Hiking

If you enjoy the outdoors and like to explore new places, or even the old ones for that matter, then hiking might be the thing for you to help get the heart rate going. The best thing about hiking -- besides the beauty of nature -- is that it gives you the opportunity to choose a level that you're comfortable enough with to start. Most states have designated hiking trails in their parks system, ranging from beginner, intermediate, and expert. Hiking just a few degrees incline is enough to get the heart rate going quickly.

Rowing

Besides helping to keep your core strong by working your abs and lower back region, rowing is another great heart rate booster. It's also a great workout for the arms and biceps. You can choose to row a boat out on a lake or pond, or invest in a rowing machine that you can use in the comfort of your home, or just check with your local gym or fitness center to find out if they have rowing equipment you can go and work out on. Another benefit of rowing is that it's a great way to work on your respiratory health by practicing good breathing technique.

When in Doubt, Hula Hoop it Out!

Who would have thought that the fabulous empty circle invention from the 1950s would bring so much fun into kids and adults lives? I'm talking about the hula hoop. It may take a little practice, but once you're able to keep it going, swirling around your hips for 10 to 15 minutes a day (or longer), you'll get your heart rate jumping before you know it. Besides benefiting the heart, you will also be strengthening your core as well.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Peoria, Ariz.

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