REMEMBER WHEN YOU couldn’t wait to get to the gym? You’d wake up and head out the door, eager to jump on your favorite piece of equipment, or you’d race to be first in line for your group fitness class. After a while, that eagerness turned to ambivalence, or worse, dread. Soon you had to convince yourself to go, which affected how often you worked out. Now you need to find a way to even get in – terested in the gym or your group fitness class or your solo in-house workout routines. Improve
We have some ideas to get you started in the right direction. First, you have to make heart health a priority. The best way to make sure you’re doing what’s right for your body, mind, and heart is to make sure you get adequate cardio workou. Improve
Don’t make it too difficult because it’s not about how you move, rather about how often you move at the right speed. Cardio should be about moving your large muscle groups, such as your arms and legs. What you’re doing when you’re running on a treadmill or in that kickboxing class is forcing blood to travel through your arteries, which is a good thing. Your heart and lungs are forced to work harder to meet the increased demand for oxygen throughout your body
Oxygen is what helps to keep your cells in tip-top shape. It doesn’t matter what kind of exercise you do. You just have to move often. What kind of exercises are the best for your heart? Swimming is an excellent exercise that’s not too hard on your muscles or joints. The motion of the water helps to calm your nerves and lower your stress levels. The best part? People of all ages can do it. If you don’t have access to a pool, check with your local gym. Improve
Chances are they offer swim lessons or water aerobics. Some even offer hydrobiking classes that can be a lot of fun. Get out and dance. Ten minutes of toe-tapping fun is a quick and easy way o get in a cardio workout, so turn up the music and dance to your heart’s content. It will get the endorphins hopping, your body moving, and your heart rate up. It’s the perfect exercise for anyone at any skill level. You don’t have to dance like Fred and Ginger to reap the benefits
Check with your local dance studios if you’d like to take a dance class or two. They’re likely to have plenty of classes from which to choose. Grab your bike and go! Remem – ber how much fun you had when you’d ride your bike around the neighborhood when you were a kid? Well—news flash—you can experience that fun again. Grab your bike and take a ride around town.
Have your children or grandchildren pull their bikes out of the garage and hit a bike trail for hours of family fun. Biking is a great way to improve circulation, relieve stress, and get your heart pumping. Join a team. There are dozens of organized team sports for adults. Play basketball or volleyball or dig out your old bowling ball from the attic and get started today. The camaraderie will do you some good, and the exercise is just what your heart needs
BY EILEEN SMITH