7 Great Activities for a Healthy Heart

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Like the other muscles in our body, the heart also needs a good workout to stay strong and healthy. Being physically active can also reduce calories, lower your blood pressure, reduce bad cholesterol, and boost good cholesterol. That’s why people who exercise and get on their feet are less likely to get coronary heart diseases than those who don’t.

Doing exercises can also make your heart work better, especially for people with heart disease. If you’ve experienced a heart attack, chances of a second heart attack is reduced if you engage in regular physical activities. Now that you’ve considered these awesome benefits, stop being a couch potato and give your heart something to beat for! Try these activities for size!

  1. Walk briskly for at least 30 minutes five days a week. As you get used to it, add bursts of jogging into your walks. Then gradually start running longer than you walk. A rule of thumb is if you can’t talk while running, you’re probably pushing yourself too hard.
  2. Step into the pool and swim. It’s a low-impact exercise suitable for people with weak joints. Master the art of breathing and your heart and lungs will fully benefit from it. The first time you swim laps, you might be going slower than others, but the more you practice the more you’ll get faster and stronger.
  3. Stretch those muscles at least twice a week for 60 seconds and you’ll become more flexible. Stretch gently before and after exercising and your muscles will thank you for it.
  4. Go hiking. If you live near the mountains like in North Carolina, you’ll always have a reason to take on the hiking trails in the state parks. Besides the beauty of the wilderness, your heart gets healthy too.
  5. Travel to a place you’ve never been before. Grab a travel buddy and plan a vacation to see the Blue Ridge Parkway near the Orchard Inn. You’ll enjoy the new sights and sounds, and when you’re happy, your heart is too!
  6. Change your lifestyle. Every little bit of physical activity helps. Change up your daily routine and do something that will involve using your arms and legs. Walk instead of driving your car if travelling to a short distance. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Rake the leaves instead of using a leaf blower.
  7. Take dancing lessons. Be it ballroom dancing or hip-hop, let yourself enjoy moving your body to the music. Dancing is an entertaining physical activity that will make your heart skip a beat as well as your feet. Your brain also gets some exercise as it memorizes dance steps and coordinates mind and body movement.