Exercise Routines (That Are Anything But) To Kick-Start Your Heart Health

Since you only have one heart, you need to treat it with the respect it deserves. Your heart is a muscle, and to keep it strong you need to fuel it right and treat it to a regular exercise routine.

Yes, in this day and age, it can be hard to find the time with your busy schedule. Say you’re working full time and have you a regular social schedule – of course, it can seem like there’s no way that you can fit in exercise. And it’s even worse when you know you have to do something boring like going to the gym. The thing is, even if you only have a limited amount of time, mixing a bit of heart health exercises into your routine can vastly improve your heart health.

Of course, it’s important to know what your limits are. Running, for example, can be hard on your joints and is not for everyone. Hot yoga, although amazing for your heart, can also be damaging if the organ is not strong enough to take it. You should consult with a doctor before attempting these exercise routines, especially if you’re older or have been out of the game for a while. There are a number of alternative exercises you can do if you want lower-intensity workouts – see more about these below. You also might be thinking if you’re really motivated enough to get going, you just may need a little push. If you need some inspiration, it’s definitely worth your while to check out the following.

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Now, are you feeling motivated and is your heart health approved and ready to take on the challenge? Then, read on! Thesefive exercise routines are quick, easy and more fun than running on a treadmill. They’re also sure to add years to your life to keep your ticker pumping strong for years and years to come.

5.) The Four-Minute Cardio Workout

If you don’t have a lot of time, this one is for you. This four-minute workout will get your heart rate up quickly from the comfort of your own home. You can follow along with the verbal and visual instructions to give yourself some options. The video uses four different exercises to encourage you to sweat: Fake jump rope, cross jacks, skaters and burpees. The exercises will be repeated twice, each for 20 seconds with 10 seconds of jogging in between. This gives you ample time to learn the routines. If at any point it becomes too intense, simply pause the video and take a short break; we won’t judge. If you feel that four minutes is too short for you, simply repeat the video until you’re satisfied with the level of intensity.