Having good heart health is the most important part of wellness. Cardiovascular exercise, an exercise that increases your heart rate, is a great way to increase your heart health. If your heart is not healthy and working properly, it doesn't matter how strong your biceps are.
Cardiovascular exercise is broken down into three different components, time, type, and intensity. The American Heart Association recommends a minimum of twenty minutes five times a week of cardiovascular exercise for health. If your goal is increasing your health as well as something else like weight loss more time must be spent doing exercise that increases your heart rate. Type refers to the exercise you are performing. Walking is probably the easiest cardiovascular exercise you can do. Type must be changed every so often because our body adapts to any stress placed upon it in about ten days. Intensity is also an important part of cardiovascular fitness. We must work at a rate of intensity great enough for an increased heart rate but not too high that we cannot continue for our set amount of time.
The Personal Training staff at The Fit Stop is here to help you understand and use these principles in the most efficient way possible so you can reach your goals and get the most out of your membership. A free assessment from one of our elite training staff is offered and recommended to all members.