Get a Jump Start on Heart Health

Stay heart healthy with exercise

The February weather is the perfect "Goldilocks" temperature for exercising outside: Not too cold, not too hot. Best yet, most plants and trees are not yet in bloom! Whether it's a football or soccer scrimmage, running, cycling or Frisbee golf, or any other sport, we encourage you to add more activity to your day. When done right, it can strengthen your heart, muscles and bones, increase lung capacity, all while making you more mentally alert.

Medical Clearance

Before performing any unusually strenuous task, it is always a good idea to get a check-up from your doctor. Let's make sure you are fit enough to take on the new exercise routine.

Proper Warm-up

Start your exercise routine with a light pre-workout to get the blood circulating more readily to the muscles you are going to train. Use warm-up exercise that mimic the activity you are going to perform. If you are playing soccer, juggle the ball or pass it back and forth to 3 team members as you run up and down the field. For running, try an easy 1/4– to 1–mile jog. To prep for Frisbee golf, try tossing a Frisbee amongst your friends.

Nutrition and Supplementation

Exercise requires a greater intake of nutrients and vitamins to feed your body to help it heal and grow stronger. Opt for dense nutritional content, like supergreens. Whether fresh or in powdered form, supergreens provide a wide array of vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, fiber and digestive enzymes. Kale, spinach and broccoli are supergreens, but our favorite is moringa. It contains 9 essential amino acids, 27 vitamins, 46 antioxidants, and many minerals.

More Is Better

Exercising by yourself requires you to be the trainer, the motivator and the champion. When you exercise with others, you are held accountable to put in your best effort—every time. Having a "wingman" or two can provide the necessary feedback so you keep proper form, or get medical assistance when you forget to use the proper technique. Exercising with others keeps you motivated, and can provide the necessary competitive spirit to push you past any training plateau.


 


For more information on getting heart-healthy with exercise, call Gerber Chiropractic. We can help you get in peak condition so you can perform at your best capability.