Getting in Shape with Bender Ball

Bender Ball Helps Your Heart Too

Posted on: March 17, 2010

Let’s talk a bit about why we exercise. Of course we do it to look great and feel good, but what is really going on in our bodies that make having a regular work-out routine so important? One answer is that we do it for our heart. It is important to keep our hearts strong, and since the heart is a muscle, giving it regular exercise can make a big difference to its health. Here’s a brief rundown on what the essential concerns are related to your exercise routine:

1. Exercise usually refers to rhythmic activities that get your heart beating a bit faster. Those activities can include walking, running, biking, and swimming. The goal should be to get your heart rate into your “target heart rate zone.” Pick an activity that you enjoy so that you will be more inclined to continue with it.

2. Exercise should be conducted at a moderate intensity, meaning that you should reach about 60% to 70% of your maximum heart rate. This can be translated into what is called “Perceived Exertion Scale, where level 1 is sitting in front of the TV munching down some chips, and level 9 is “I am most likely going to die,” and level 10 is “I am dead.” Moderate intensity, as we mentioned above is about level 4 to 6, where level 4 is “sweating a bit, but feel good and can talk without effort.” Level 5 is “Just beyond comfortable, sweating a bit more and can still talk.” And level 6 is “Still able to talk, but a bit breathless.” Sneaking in a few higher intensity bursts for short amounts of time are good. The best kind of workout incorporates a mixture of intensities. This keeps things more interesting and is a great way to exercise.



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