February is Healthy Heart Month, so we want to share how our Barre classes are an exciting way to improve your cardiovascular health.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States! It’s our job to take care of our hearts. As Joseph Pilates said:
“Not only is health a normal condition, but it is our duty not only to attain it but to maintain it.”
And of course, he was right! Barre classes are not just for ballerinas anymore; here’s how taking a Barre class can contribute to your overall cardio wellness.
Why Are Barre Classes Good For Your Heart?
The aerobic emphasis of Barre elevates your heart rate and keeps it there for an extended period of time. This improves circulation and lowers your blood pressure. Plus, Barre classes will improve your aerobic fitness, making your body more efficient and able to deal with stressors such as an illness. By lowering blood pressure and increasing aerobic fitness, Barre classes address risk factors for heart disease such as high blood pressure and stress.
More Reasons You Should Try Barre Classes
Many forms of cardio are high-impact on the body, including running and HIIT workouts. If these types of sweat sessions aren’t for you, Barre classes are the perfect low-impact alternative.
Improve Your Strength & Flexibility
As a combination of ballet and Pilates, Barre is an excellent complement to your regular workout routine. It will help you condition, strengthen, and tone your muscles. And the regular practice will improve your flexibility too!
You’ll Keep Cardio Exciting
Cardio is usually associated with walking or running – both of which can be tough for staying engaged. But with its roots in dance, Barre will keep you moving to music and finding the beat, which is far more interesting than the treadmill – with the added benefit of keeping you motivated to make long-term health changes.
5 More Ways To Improve Your Heart Health
1. Watch your salt and saturated fat intake. These can increase your cholesterol and blood pressure which plays a role in heart health.
2. Aim for 30g of fiber a day. Healthy fiber such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables can lower your risk of heart disease.
3. Do 30 minutes of cardio 5 times a week. Consistency is key when it comes to making an actionable change to your health.
4. Avoid smoking. Your risk of heart disease is cut in half if you quit smoking!
5. Practice meditation to control your stress. Do this for the sake of your all-round mental and physical health. Limiting the stress in your life through meditation will make an impact on heart health.
Barre Classes At Pilates in the Grove