Take 5 for Heart Health: Get Moving!

Personal trainers from Health Directions, Lexington Medical Center’s fitness and wellness gym, were guests on WIS-TV with Dawndy Mercer Plank this week to talk about ways to “Get Moving” as part of our “Take 5 for Heart Health” campaign.

Thad Werts talked about how exercise helps your heart and about “Boot Camp” exercises. Health Directions trainers Amanda Castles and Lyn Pernell demonstrated some moves you can do anywhere, including in your own home. You can watch the video below.

Here are a few notes from Thad’s comments:

~The heart is a muscle. Just like all of our other muscles, the heart can become more powerful, stronger and more efficient through exercise.

~When it comes to exercises, the “burpee” is a total body movement that incorporates upper body, lower body and cardiovascular exercise all at the same time. It’s a great exercise when you only have a few minutes.

~Jumping rope is a great exercise because it only requires a simple piece of fitness equipment and gets the heart rate up for a short period of time, resulting in a more efficient cardiovascular system.

Learn more about “Boot Camp” classes at Health Directions by visiting the Health Directions website.

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