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Monthly Body Part - The Heart

Tell me about the muscle:

  • The heart is a vital organ that pumps blood throughout your body supplying oxygen and nutrients to all body tissues. 
  • Your heart is approximately the size of your fist
  • The average heart of a women weighs 8-10 oz. and men 10-12 oz.
  • It is similar to any other muscle in your body in that when it is ‘in shape’, the heart is stronger and more efficient
Heart


Why is it important to exercise?

  • A strong and healthy heart is needed to live
  • Exercise helps decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease, which is the #1 cause of death in the U.S. 
  • Cardiovascular disease, also known as heart disease, is an umbrella term for a number of heart problems including heart attacks and atherosclerosis
  • Exercise increases the blood flow through the vessels around the heart, preventing atherosclerosis, or clogging of arteries from plaque
  • Exercise strengthens the heart muscle, so it becomes more efficient with each pump, which decreases heart rate and blood pressure
  • Exercise helps increase HDL (good) cholesterol and decrease LDL (bad) cholesterol

How do you use it in daily life? 
  • Your life depends on your heart and its constant beating to supply oxygen to your brain and other body parts
  • The heart responds to any activity that increases oxygen demands- like brisk walking, walking up the stairs, swimming, running, dancing, ect. - by increasing the rate at which it pumps

How to exercise the heart:

  • Cardiovascular exercises, also known as aerobic exercise, is the best way to exercise the heart  
  • The goal is to sustain an elevated heart rate for at least 30 minutes most days of the week
  • Bikes, treadmills, stair masters, rowing machines, ellipticals, and jumping rope are all ways you can exercise your heart at The Fitness Loft.
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Want to learn more? Contact wellness professional Tessa Farry at tessa@fitnessloftcolumbus.com

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