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TIPS FOR INCREASING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY




There are tons of new, revolutionary ways to track your fitness and health, from the various models of the Fitbit watch to the Apple Watch. Fitbands can make it super easy to make anyone extra motivated to reach their step goal or meet their calorie burn goal by the end of the day. Some fitbands may even come with the option to add friends and compete in daily or weekly challenges together for extra motivation!


With all this being said, it’s no wonder more and more people are sporting some sort of fitband and finding a new, fun way to stay active.


Is a fitband for me?


A fitband can be great for anyone who is looking to track their steps or how their body reacts to activity. Whether you’re someone who likes to head to the gym or work out at home, having a fitband on your person is a great way to keep track of your day. So, essentially, a fitband can be perfect for anyone!


Some of the best and most beneficial data a fitband can provide is your heart rate, especially when actively working out. A Fitbit will even tell you when you’ve reached peak fat-burning zone and peak cardio zone per your heart rate data. An Apple Watch can also monitor your BPM and has a Fitness+ subscription option so you can follow along with exercise videos (similarly to Fitbit’s premium subscription).


What’s the best option?


Aside from the Fitbit and Apple Watch, there’s Garmin, Huawei, Honor Band, Xiaomi, and many more. It really all depends on what you’re looking for - are you looking for something that won’t break the bank? Maybe something that is really just for tracking steps and nothing else? Or maybe you’re looking specifically for something where you can follow along with fitness videos. There are TONS of options priced at various rates with different features, so it’s best to do your full research before buying one.


Accountability is key


Fitbands are becoming the hottest way to get toned, fit, and healthy. By providing helpful data for your overall activity, internal health, and even sleep, you can better manage and reach your health goals - because it keeps you accountable. Learning this data can be a tremendous help with long-term success, whether you’re a professional athlete in training mode or just trying to tone up a bit at home. You no longer need to second guess if your workout was intense enough or if you were in the cardio zone during your workout - because your fitband will tell you EVERYTHING you need to know.


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How Will Your Cardiovascular System Change When You Exercise?

We all know that exercise is the best benefit to your heart, helping it to pump blood through the blood more efficiently and function normally. With an ill-functioning heart, people can run the risk of serious cardiovascular diseases such as a heart attack or stroke. The heart is a muscle like any other muscle in the body, and exercise helps it perform in a more efficient manner, so it’s important to give the same exercise to our heart as other parts of our bodies!


So, what actually happens to our heart when we exercise?


As you begin exercising regularly, your heart will contract faster and circulation will increase. This gets oxygenated blood to your muscles quicker, therefore, the increase in oxygen delivery increased tenfold. Your heart is doing exactly what it was made to do! Exercise has long-term cardiovascular benefits such as raising HDL (good) cholesterol and lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol. It can also help you to sustain a healthy weight as it helps you to burn calories and raise your heart rate and lower blood pressure in individuals who may struggle with elevated blood pressure.


How much exercise to reap these benefits?


Walking, jogging, swimming, etc. are just some of the amazing aerobic exercises that have great effects on the body. 30 minutes of these exercises 5 days a week can be a huge help not just on the body, but specifically the cardiovascular system. This doesn’t need to be extensive or intense exercise either; it can be a light exercise five days a week or more moderate for 3 days a week. Either way, any movement is good movement and another benefit for you to reap!


The best exercises to strengthen the heart


There are exercises out there that are very specific to heart health and improvement. These exercises include:


Walking

Jogging

Swimming

Weight Training

Yoga

Interval Training

Cycling


Movements and activity like this may be difficult for you at first if you’re not someone who works out regularly. Keep it slow, ease yourself into it, and you’ll find yourself feeling stronger and ready to take on heavier, more intensive workouts in no time!


Keep a Routine


If you don’t exercise, you’re more than twice as likely to get heart disease than someone who does exercise. Keeping a regular exercise routine in your daily agenda will not only help your external body but also internal (obviously your heart, in this case!)


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Great time in the year to start exercise and living a more active life. Lots of tips how to increase your physical activity in this link! Have a lovely healthy weekend!

https://www.choosemyplate.gov/physical-activity-tips

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