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Heart Health Dr Warrick Bishop

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my practice as a cardiologist, many of my patients are unaware that not all types of exercise are of equal value. Some exercises are better than others, so whether you’ve already been diagnosed with a heart condition, or you’re simply interested in preventative heart health, here is a brief guide to exercising for heart health. 1. The Best Exercise • Interval training: This is the golden standard of exercises when it comes to preventing heart disease. The strategy combines short intervals of highintensity exercise, with slightly longer periods of lower intensity exercise. For instance, if you’re a runner, you might alternate 5 minutes of a more comfortable speed with 2 minutes at a faster speed. This method of continually increasing your heart rate 10 | GREAT HEALTH GUIDE

has the impact of improving vascular function and it also has the peripheral benefit of burning body fat. • Total-body sport: The more muscles involved during exercise, the harder the heart needs to work to fuel these muscles to support the work-out. • Weight training: In effect, weight training is a form of interval training. The heart rate is increased during reps and it recovers between sets. Strong muscles serve to reduce the overall burden on the heart, so it’s an ideal exercise to build heart health. • Yoga: Yoga is a fantastic exercise for heart health, because it promotes a calming effect that has been shown to lower blood pressure. Regular yoga has also been shown to cause the blood vessels to become more elastic, which in turn, promotes heart health. SUBSCRIBE

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