Simple, everyday exercises to build a strong heart

SantaCruz ColorBy: Richard Santa-Cruz, MD, Cardiologist with the Dale Michels Center for Heart Care

To have a strong and healthy heart, it is very important to stay active and exercise! Anything that gets your heart rate jumping will improve heart strength, including jumping up and down when the Packers score a touchdown in a tie game with only 30 seconds left on the clock. Yes, that is considered cardiovascular strengthening.

Cardiovascular exercise does not have to be running on a treadmill, although it can be. Below I have outlined five basic exercises that everyone can do to stay heart healthy.

  1. Brisk walking. Whether you decide to walk around a track, in a mall or outside, walking at a brisk pace will get your heart pumping. Everybody practices walking briskly when they get out of their warm car in the morning and need to get inside a building. Walk like that whenever you can!
  2. Take the stairs. Make an effort to take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. Taking the stairs, especially up, is a great workout for the entire body! Doing 10 sets of stairs per day really adds up!
  3. Park far away. Believe it or not, something as simple as parking further away and walking is great exercise. This is a great chance to follow tip number one and walk briskly into the building!
  4. Swimming. Most of us like to go swimming in the summer to cool down. Take this opportunity to tread some water or swim some laps! Swimming is a great alternative for those with joint pain because your body is weightless in the water!
  5. Cycling. Riding your bike, whether it is stationary or not, is a great way to get your heart pumping.  When the weather is nice, ride your bike instead of taking your car! This option saves on gas too!

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit our web site at or call us at (920) 929-2300.

About Dale Michels Center for Heart Care

Agnesian HealthCare offers comprehensive Heart Care Services close to home in Fond du Lac. These comprehensive Heart Care Services, offered through the Dale Michels Center for Heart Care, bring to the region a diverse and complete package of quality cardiac procedures, including open-heart surgery (coronary artery bypass grafts), coronary angioplasty, stent placements, cardiac catheterizations and other procedures. Agnesian HealthCare has been providing cardiac diagnostics, pacemaker clinic and cardiac rehabilitation for many years, and these remain part of the Dale Michels Center for Heart Care. For more information, call (920) 929-2300.

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