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EXERCISES FOR A HEALTHY HEART

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February is Healthy Heart Awareness Month.

Working out is beneficial physically, mentally, and emotionally.

One of the things I find most important about exercise is the impact that adding physical activity into your daily routine can have an important impact on your heart.

According to MedMD, your heart is a muscle, and it gets stronger and healthier if you live an active life (webmd.com). It is never too late to start being active and adding exercise to your daily life even if it is 30 minutes for 3-5 days out of the week. Exercise is an easy modification in your everyday life such as taking the stairs or parking a little farther away at the grocery store or mall that adds a little farther of a walk to the store.

Working out or being more physically active does not mean that you have to go out and buy a gym membership or spend lots of money on gym equipment. My top exercises for a healthy heart can be done at home or in a gym, and you can also get creative by adding resistance bands or light dumbbell weights to create more of a challenge.

Some of my top workouts include:

Stand with your feet shoulder, width apart and place your hands behind your head. (A) Squat until your thighs are parallel to the floor, then explode off upward, jumping as high as you can. (B)

Sumo jump squats (you can also add bands to your legs or hold a weight) x20 reps

Raise and lower keeping back straight and front knee over ankle

Jumping split squats x20 (each leg)

Begin in a starting position. (A) Drop into a squat position with your hands on the ground. (B) Jump in a plank position. (C) Do a push up. (D) Return to plank position (C) and back to the squat position. (B). And finally jump up from the squat position. (E)

Burpees x10 with Mountain Climbers x10 (each leg) and/or pushups

photo courtesy PopSugar

Bicycle crunches x20

photo courtesy Shape Magazine

Leap frog jumps x15

Photo courtesy www.bestworkoutplansforwomen.com

Tricep dips x15

Push-ups x10

Decline push-ups (with feet on bench or couch) x 10

 
1 minute plank


Do these nine exercises for 3-5 rounds.

Working out does not have to be boring or take up too much time out of your day. Simple modifications such as walking the block for 30 minutes or at-home workouts can be an easy way to add activity to your day.

Also, cleaning up your diet will help aide the process of working out.

Cooking does not have to be boring and eating clean can be fun.

One of my favorite things to do is to get onto Pinterest between classes or at night before bed and look up new healthy recipes to try out.

Once I started making healthier decisions it became an addiction to seeing how I could push myself next, to set new goals, and to just see the positive impact that exercising could have on my mood.

I encourage you to get out and to get in those 30 extra minutes of exercise so that you can Find Your Strength.

Libby is currently attending nursing school and is a college athlete participating in the Cheerleading squad. After putting on her “freshman fifteen” Libby knew she was in need of a change. Like many women, she was scared of the free weight section of the gym but fought her fear and started incorporating lifting into her exercise regimen. In no time she could see and feel the results. Through lifting she has found more confidence than she ever knew she had and she now loves herself.

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