The Total Self – Heart Health


In this article, we visit the heart, the muscle that keeps us alive and moving. Obviously, the heart is one of the body’s most important muscles. Like all other muscles in the body, this muscle needs exercise to be in very good condition. A good, healthful lifestyle and most of all exercise will definitely get your heart at it’s best shape. Below are the most effective and best exercises for your heart.

NOTE: This article is not a substitute for medical advice. Please consult your primary care provider for the best plan of action.

Aerobic Exercises

At least 45 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise can get your heart muscle healthy. Example of these exercises would range from brisk walking, running and swimming.


Though the recommended range of exercise if moderate to vigorous, you won’t have to do a high level activity exercise because there is another option. Yoga, though there is limited activity, can definitely strengthen the heart muscles and even tone them.

Resistance Training

Resistance training exercises strengthens the heart muscle, increases the heart rate and lets you recover between sets. These exercises are encouraged by various health professionals, cardiologists

Go for a minimum of 2.5 hours of resistance training each week. Most people won’t have any problems lifting weights. The caveat to this, however, is seeking medical advice as to what exact exercises are needed, what works for you, and just how much enjoyment you get from your training regimen.

In conclusion, the importance of heart health is in direct correlation to the quality of life. Heart health should never be overlooked.



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Kente Bates

OSN Fitness Expert Kente Bates is a personal trainer, writer, and coach. He has been involved in sports and fitness for over 20 years. You can reach him on twitter: @halcyonfg16. His health/fitness blog, Halcyon Fitness Group : and his email (where you can ask questions concerning health, fitness or anything relating):

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