Exercises to keep healthy

Exercise your way to a healthier heart

To get the most out of your day and to keep a healthy heart it is recommended that you do at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. This can be anything from country walk to a session at the gym. The aim of doing these exercises is to hit 50-85 percent of your maximum heart rate, if you don’t have any equipment or the weather is not on your side this can be achieved by climbing up down a set of stairs.

To find out your maximum heart rate, subtract your age from 220, this will give you a guide of what to aim for.

There are some great exercises that will help you achieve your target heart rate. below are the best three that you can do alone or with friends and it doesn’t have to be in the gym:


Swimming has always been one of the best exercises for anybody in any situation. When swimming your whole body is given a workout which helps raise your heart rate, improve muscular strength and tone your body. If you suffer from joint problems then swimming is the best exercise for you because it does not put pressure on the joints.


Yoga can be an effective exercise when matched with a healthy diet that helps control your body and relive stress. In recent studies, it has been proven to lower cholesterol by at least 20% and improves heart related disease by an overall of 40%.


Cycling much like swimming cycling is a low impact exercise because it doesn’t put pressure on the human joints. Cycling can be done solo, with friends, on road, of road or within a gym.  Cycling is great for building all round strength and getting that heart pumping.

If you don’t like the look of the above exercises, check out the video below for a home workout which is provided by British Heart Foundation, so there are excuse Get Active, Make a difference and Be Healthy.

10 Minute home workout

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