Wellness for the Family: Strengthening Heart Health with Exercise

Our hearts are muscles, and they need exercise too.

Registered Dietician Grace Derocha, with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, stopped by the Heritage House gym to educate us on our heart health.

She says the best way to get our hearts healthy is to incorporate both aerobic and anaerobic activity into our lifestyle.

Aerobic activities, also called “cardio,” are low-intensity exercises like jogging at an easy pace, swimming, cycling, and walking.

The American Heart Association recommends to get at least 150 minutes a week of aerobic activity in.

“That’s like 30 minutes, five days a week,” Derocha says.

Anaerobic activity is less about stamina and more about strength, speed and power. It’s a higher-intensity workout in a shorter amount of time, like sprinting and weight lifting.

“On the flip side, just as important is making sure we do some kind of resistance training, or anaerobic activity to work our muscles, increases our bone density and also in the long run, helps heart health,” Derocha says.

The good news is, there are plenty of different ways to get some exercise into our lives, like kickboxing, dancing or even using our own body weight to strengthen our muscles.

The important part is to always try to enjoy the exercise you do, so get out there and find something you enjoy to help keep your heart healthy!

For more recipes and health and wellness tips, visit AHealthierMichigan.org.

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