Join the Fight! Treat Your Heart Right!
Give your heart a head start this 2021 season, and join us in our FIGHT for heart health and wellness!
Heart health is something we should all be focusing on. According to the American Heart Association, someone dies of heart disease every 38 seconds. But other than exercising and eating right, what can we do to prevent poor heart health from claiming more lives? Celebrating American Heart Month is a great place to start. Each February, the American Heart Association encourages citizens to raise awareness for heart health and make lifestyle changes to better their own. Fight Rope is aligned with a healthy lifestyle and a healthy heart, so let’s get PUMPING!
One of the very best gifts you can give your heart on the eve of Valentine’s Day is physical activity, and living an active lifestyle. Understanding just how physical activity, such as jump roping benefit your heart can be a strong motivation to get moving, and by moving we mean get jumping.
Exercise and physical activity is known to lower blood pressure. Exercise works like a beta-blocker medication to slow the heart rate and lower blood pressure. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease. Exercise is also the key to weight control. Particularly when combined with a nutritional diet, being physically active is an essential component for losing weight and more importantly, keeping the weight off which in turn optimized heart health.
An active routine and daily exercise can also help strengthen muscles. A combination of aerobic workouts (depending on your fitness level), and strength and conditioning is considered best for a happy heart. These exercises improve the muscles’ ability to draw oxygen from the circulation of the blood in the body. It also reduces the need for the heart – a muscular organ – to work harder to pump more blood to the muscles, at any age.
Exercise lowers stress. Stress hormones can put an extra burden on the heart. Exercise—whether aerobic (like jump roping), resistance-oriented (like weight training) or flexibility-focused (like yoga)—can help you relax and ease stress. This can also reduce levels of inflammation in the body, including the heart. With regular exercise, chronic inflammation is reduced as the body adapts to the challenge of exercise on many bodily systems. This is an important factor for reducing the adverse effects of many of the diseases just mentioned.
Although the effect of an exercise program on any single risk factor may generally be small, the effect of continued, moderate exercise on overall cardiovascular risk, when combined with other lifestyle modifications can be extremely beneficial. The most important this is to get STARTED!
Be Heart Smart! Grab a Fight Rope and Get Jumping!