Best Exercises to keep your Heart Healthy

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Your heart is the most important organ of the body and is responsible for pumping blood to the different parts of the body. It is of utmost importance to keep your heart healthy. Experts globally recommend half an hour of moderate to vigorous exercise 4-5 times a week for a healthy heart. If your daily schedule does not allow 30 minutes of exercise at a stretch, then you can divide it into 10 minute or 15 minute slots. In addition to walking for a healthy heart, here are a few other exercise routines you can undertake: 

1) Yoga

Yoga helps improve heart health, it increases lung capacity and heart rate. Yoga also enhances and boosts blood circulation in the body. Some of the yoga asanas for a healthy heart are:

  1. Padangusthasana: Big Toe Pose
  2. Supta Padangusthasana: Reclining Big Toe Pose
  3. Setu Bandha Sarvangasana: Bridge Pose


2) Cardio Workouts

This four minute cardio workout is ideal for those who are unable to take out much time for exercise in their busy schedule. It comprises of 20 seconds of high intensity workouts and 10 seconds of recovery. The workout comprises of on the spot skipping, jogging in place, cross jacks, skaters, and burpees- all of which are explained in the video below: 


3) Cycling

Cycling can reduce the risk of a coronary heart disease to a great extent. The findings of a study revealed that cycling 32 kilometres a week reduced the potential to develop heart disease by a whopping 50 percent. Cycling elevates heart rate, which helps to improve cardiovascular fitness and also burns calories.


4) Swimming

Swimming is a low impact activity which helps improve heart and lung capacity; at the same time it is gentle on the joints. Lane swimming is more focused and 8-12 lengths have you sorted. So swim your heart out!


5) Weight Training

Moderate weight training can do wonders for a healthy heart. It is not a substitute for aerobics or walking but including weight training in  your cardio routine can be very beneficial. 

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