Heart Healthy Workouts And Balance Exercises
Balance Exercises For Health Healthy Routines
By Suzanne Stoke, Physical Therapist @ Exercise For Balance via www.exerciseforbalance.com
Exercise routines that are intended to promote heart health can be combined with balance exercises for a comprehensive fitness program. Please see http://www.exerciseforbalance.com/buy-now Cardiologists, Primary Care Physicians, Personal Trainers and Physical Therapists all agree that continuing with heart healthy exercises is extremely important as we face our later years. In the April 2014 addition of the Harvard Heart Letter, medical professionals are quoted as saying, “Even for people who’ve gone many years without exercising, there are compelling reasons to get active, no matter what their age.” “The fitter and more active you become, the longer you’ll live and less heart disease you’ll have,” says Dr. Aaron Baggish, a cardiologist and fitness expert at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. He suggests that people first start exercising by moving whenever possible, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Next, he asks his patients to identify times during the day they can exercise and what resources they have at their disposal. For example, does their workplace or senior center have a fitness facility, or do they have access to a safe place to walk, no matter the weather? People in the 60- to 80-year-old age group should spend 80% of their workout doing moderate aerobic activity. That can be anything from brisk walking, cycling, or dancing, to a Zumba class. For the remaining 20% of the time, it’s a good idea to focus on strength training. This can be done at a gym but can also be done at home — no weights needed. Try squats, push-ups, and arm reaches. Work toward a goal of exercising for one hour, five times a week. For those with no particular health concerns, a program of moderate walking and strength training is a safe way to go. Those who have heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, or other muscle or bone problems should talk to a doctor before starting. Take it easy at first, and ramp up to a more intense level gradually. “Most of all, remember that something is better than nothing and there is no age when it’s too late to start,” says Dr. Baggish. Additionally, for those who feel unsteady on their feet during an exercise routine, they can begin with a program of balance exercises to enhance their steadiness and reduce the risk of falling.
Balance Exercises For Safe Fitness Routines
By adding balance exercises to your heart healthy fitness routine, you can not only advance the effectiveness of your program but also maximize your balance abilities at the same time. as an example, you can perform weight lifting exercises while standing with your feet in a tandem position. A tandem position involves standing with one foot directly in front of the other foot, which forces the balance reactions at your feet and ankles to work harder, enhancing your steadiness skills. You can also prepare for an outdoor walking program that promotes cardiovascular health by developing good balance from walking along a line heel to toe in the safety of your home with a counter or table nearby to hang on to. You can learn these stability techniques and a progression of balance exercises by following along with the Exercise For Balance DVD in the comfort of your own home before you head out to the gym or hiking trails.
Before you initiate a heart healthy workout, begin the best balance exercises with the Exercise For Balance DVD. The easy to follow Balance DVD is the an exceptional tool to use at home or in a group setting. The comprehensive DVD is filled with the best balance and strength exercises needed to enhance general fitness and to perform basic activities like working out at the gym, walking, standing, stair climbing or to advance to high level activities like bike riding, dancing and hiking. In the Exercise For Balance DVD, you will learn how to improve balance, stability techniques and balance routines from an expert balance instructor —licensed Physical Therapist— who has worked with balance and dizziness disorders for over 20 years. Get your copy of the Exercise For Balance DVD by clicking on the BUY NOW button
For a heart healthy program, combine balance exercises today with the Exercise For Balance DVD to improve balance and prevent falls.
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