Out of all the muscles in your body, the heart is the most important one. It beats about 2.5 billion times over the average lifetime, pumping oxygen-rich blood to all your cells and whisking away all the waste products from your bloodstream. When your heart stops, essential functions fail, some almost instantly. Given the heart’s life-giving workload, your cardiovascular fitness (CRF) is essential to your current and long-term health. Cardiovascular fitness measures how well your body takes in oxygen, and then delivers it to all your muscles and organs.
Are you taking care of your heart and incorporating in at least 150 minutes (2.5 hours) of heart-pumping aerobic physical activity per week?
Since, this month is “Heart Awareness” month it is the perfect time to focus on your cardiovascular fitness for the health of your heart and quality of life. So where do you start?
There are a wide variety of aerobic activities that start your heart pumping, so you need to find which are best for you. Finding the best option for you can be overwhelming and intimidating, but don’t overthink it and just start moving! With that being said, we are here to help. As a start, here are a few of the options we have here at Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center that can get your heart-pumping!
This is one of the simplest pieces of cardio equipment that you can find in almost any gym. Treadmills are perfect for helping you reach your daily step goal, train for an upcoming race or rehab from a surgery.
Challenge: Try walking for a set amount of time or miles, increase the incline or try one of the programmed workouts.
Ellipticals are low-impact pieces of cardio equipment that support fast calorie burn and muscle engagement. They are easy to use, but require correct body positioning for an effective and safe workout.
Challenge: Try increasing your time, resistance or incline, or one of the programmed workouts.
Biking is another excellent form of low-impact aerobic exercise, making it easier on your joints and approachable for all fitness levels. However, the wrong set-up can result in discomfort and injury.
Challenge: Try riding at a faster RPM, going further or trying one of the programmed workouts.
Rowing is a low-impact form of aerobic training that utilizes all major muscle groups, including your legs, core, back and arms.
Challenge: Row for time, row 8x for 400 meters, or row for a certain amount of calories.
Talk about feeling a burn in the muscles and the lungs! The StairMaster works your hamstrings, glutes, quads and calves if you have the proper technique.
Challenge: Try increasing your time or number of steps, do intervals, or for a particular number of calories.
If you would like to schedule your complimentary Fitness Assessment or be matched up with the right nationally certified trainer to meet your needs, please contact our Fitness Manager at Travis.McRoberts@activewellness.com
At Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center, we believe a healthy mind and body are essential to healthy living. That is why we approach health and fitness from a medical perspective. We provide our members with a full array of services, a state-of-the-art facility and equipment and a highly trained staff to help them achieve their wellness goals.Learn More