|The Right Exercise For You?|
What amount of physical activity do you need to maintain good cardiovascular health?
Exercise is essential to living heart-healthy.
Almost any physical activity is
better than none for your heart.
Lack of physical activity is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
For Overall Cardiovascular Health
You should have at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity five days a week, or at least 25 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity at least 3 days a week .
Moderate muscle-strengthening activity at least 2 days a week.
For Lowering Blood Pressure and Cholesterol
An average 40 minutes of moderate aerobic activity 3 or 4 times a week.
- Figure out what your fitness level is and then set a goal for yourself.
- What is your reason for exercising?
1. Do you want to lose weight
High-intensity training is essential for weight management; it blasts calories and keeps you in your maximum safe heart rate zone.
2. Would you like to improve your endurance or flexibility
To burn every muscle in your body you could practice boxing. One hour of punching bag–style boxing burns roughly 400 calories for a 140-pound woman.
3. Are you looking to tone up and/or build muscle
resistance training is key to building muscle.
Pick up a kettlebell. Just 30 minutes of kettlebells burns roughly 600 calories for a 140-pound woman
It's important to narrow down your intentions as much as possible.