February is American Heart Month, a time when all people can focus on their cardiovascular health. Your heart health is central to overall good health. It's responsible for pumping nutrient-rich blood throughout your body, it supplies oxygen while removing toxins and waste. Getting your heart pumping at faster rates on a regular basis keeps it in shape and healthy, reducing the risk of heart disease. Cardio helps lower your blood pressure by reducing the levels of bad cholesterol and raising levels of good cholesterol.
We have put together a series of heart-strengthening classes, found on Connect and FitPass, in support of this national campaign. Throughout the month, our instructors will share tips and tricks to improve your heart health, both in live classes and on social media.
Tips from American Heart Association
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Fit in 150+
Get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes per week of vigorous aerobic activity (or a combination of both), preferably spread throughout the week.
Move More, Sit Less
Get up and move throughout the day. Any activity is better than none. Even light-intensity activity can offset the serious health risks of being sedentary.
Moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise is best. Your heart will beat faster, and you’ll breathe harder than normal. As you get used to being more active, increase your time and/or intensity to get more beneﬁts.
Include moderate- to high-intensity muscle-strengthening activity (like resistance or weight training) at least twice a week.
Physical activity is one of the best ways to keep your body and brain healthy.
It relieves stress, improves mood, gives you energy, helps with sleep and can lower your risk of chronic disease, including dementia and depression.