We all know that exercise is good for us.  But let’s get specific in talking about what type of exercise helps your heart.  The American Heart Association recommends a combination of aerobic activity and weight lifting for overall cardiovascular health.  This includes either 30 minutes of moderate activity 5 days a week or 25 minutes or vigorous activity 3 days a week for the aerobic portion combined with moderate to high activity muscle strengthening 2 days a week.  Their best advice when trying to lower blood pressure and cholesterol is 40 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity 3-4 times per week.  That is a lot of words for saying that you should be doing activities that raise you heart rate more days out of the week then less.  The good news is there are a lot of ways to accomplish this task that can include working out at the gym or taking an exercise class like yoga or pilates.  If you need some new fresh ideas for how to get your heart pumping here are a few  ideas for each season:

Winter-cross country skiing, snowshoeing, shoveling, playing in the snow with your kids
Spring-taking a brisk walk with a pet or friend, start fresh and try a new exercise class, gardening
Summer-jog/run, kayaking on a lake, swimming, yoga in the park
Fall-rake leaves, take a hike to see the colors change, play flag football outside

Comment below if you have some other good ideas for exercise to keep your heart healthy to share with others!

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