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3 Ways to Boost Your Heart Health

By Stephen R. Farris

If you're looking to improve your heart health, then consider some of these cardio exercises to help lower your risk of developing heart disease and stroke. They could even help lower your blood pressure and help you lose or maintain weight.

First and foremost, always check with your primary physician or local chiropractor to see if you're healthy enough to begin an exercise program.

Boxing

You don't have to train like Canelo Alvarez or Tyson Fury to reap the benefits of boxing. Heck, you don't even have to book a fight against anyone. Really, all you need is a heavy bag like boxers use, a pair of boxing gloves to protect the hands, and some trainers tape to use on your wrists. Research shows that just a 30-minute workout can actually burn up to 400 calories, and it's an easy way to get your heart rate going.

Jumping on a Trampoline

Drive around your nearby neighborhood with a view of backyards and chances are you'll see a few with trampolines in them. Jumping on a trampoline is a lot of fun and most kids get a kick out of doing it. Adults can have the same fun, as well as boost their heart rate, yet you don't have to have a full-size trampoline to do it on. Most of your big box stores sell the smaller, indoor versions that can be used strictly for exercising. One of the advantages of exercising on a trampoline designed for indoors is that you can run in place, or jump, all while listening to your favorite music playlist or watching your favorite movie or TV show. 

Cycling

Cycling is another fun heart rate-boosting activity you can do. No need for a competition built bicycle -- unless you're into the sport of cycling -- just pick out one that is comfortable for your body type. Cycling not only gets your heart rate up, but works other parts of your body such as the knees and upper leg muscles. It's a great way to help lose weight when you cycle several times a week for 30 minutes or longer. If you don't feel like cycling outdoors, you can always get a stationary bike that will provide the same results.

There you have it. At least three great exercises to help get you started toward better heart health!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Greensboro, N.C.

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