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6 Best Exercises to Strengthen Your Heart

To mark Healthy Heart Month, this February the team at Alive & Well have created a range of simple and mostly fun ways to to take some simple steps to improve your heart health.

A great way to strengthen your heart. Walking fast will get your heart rate up and is easier on your joints than other types of exercise.

Weight training
Some of the most effective weight training happens when you use your own body weight. Things like push-ups, squats, or even pull-ups all help you build muscle and contribute to bone and heart health.

Unlike other types of exercise, swimming is easy on your joints and allows you to move your body without a lot of pain.

Doing yoga will help you strengthen and tone your muscles. Certain types of yoga can really get your heart rate up, while still providing the calm that will lower your blood pressure.

Interval training
Interval training — which alternates between short bursts of high-intensity exercise with longer periods of active recovery — is a great way to get a full-sized workout in a short amount of time. Raising and lowering of your heart rate helps to burn calories and improves the function of your blood vessels.

Cycling has been shown to help reduce the risk of heart disease. It uses your large muscles in your legs, which helps to elevate your heart rate. Bonus: Cycling has even been shown to improve your mental health.

The team have lots planned to help us think about how we can look after our hearts. Why not pop over to find out more!