Stronger the heart, longer the life
Updated on 31 August 2016

Your heart works really hard for you round the clock, but it is also something which demands regular exercise. You probably already know that September 29th is celebrated as World Heart Day. Founded by World Heart Foundation in 2000, the main objective was to raise awareness of how to improve your heart condition. Fitness First experts would like to provide some simple and easily doable tips. You need to understand that your heart is a muscle like any other in the human body. If conditioned and exercised properly it will be much healthier and stronger with improved functionality. All it takes is a few lifestyle changes and cardiovascular training to improve your heart’s health.

Apart from improving your heart’s health, cardiovascular training has a significant impact on your body’s metabolism. There are different types of training that depend on various factors such as fitness goals, body make-up and prevalent health conditions among others. In general, higher intensity workouts will result in better metabolic rates and greater post exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC). Finding the right balance between moderate to high intensity training, losing fat versus gaining muscle mass and training oneself in the right heart rate range are key to a healthy heart. Some people who are into bodybuilding focus only on weight training and cardio vascular exercise.

You should track your efforts while working out so that you do not exert and overdo it. Fitness First’s MYZONE is the ideal solution as it measures, tracks and reviews progress. It is a new innovative heart rate based system that uses wireless and cloud technology to accurately and conveniently monitor physical activity. Trainers simply need to wear a MYZONE Physical Activity Belt which monitors all the physical activity, heart rate, calories and time spent exercising in real time, and provides personal, color-coded guidance and motivational feedback.

For those who find it hard to regularly visit a fitness club, Trevor Flowers, Fitness manager at Fitness First’s branch in Mirdif City Centre recommends swimming, running, squash, volleyball and cycling as optimal replacements. These help improve cardiovascular fitness, function, strength and health of the heart, as well as overall fitness levels.

This World Heart Day let’s all take action to keep our hearts charged and make a lasting difference to our health by setting our fitness goals, drawing up plans and seeking out our fitness partners.

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