What do Sandra Bullock, Cameron Diaz, and Heidi Klum have in common besides red-hot careers and mega-watt smiles? It’s more than the TO-DIE-FOR Luis Vuitton they sport on red carpets events.
These dazzling ladies share a commitment to exercise, and since February is National Heart Awareness Month, we’ve put together a list of 5 heart-healthy, low-impact workouts that are tailor-made for women who are over 50 and oh so fabulous.
Based on The American Heart Association…
“One in three women die of heart disease and stroke.”
The good news is, it’s preventable. Research shows that moderate physical activity 30 minutes a day (minimum) 5 days a week can provide many important health benefits, including:
- Reduced risk of heart disease
- Reduced risk of type 2 diabetes
- Improved blood pressure levels
- Reduced risk of osteoporosis
- Reduced risk of breast cancer
Working out doesn’t have to be a nightmare and there are many exercise programs to choose from.
It doesn’t matter if you haven’t exercised for months, or years, whether you have 10 pounds to lose or a bit more, it’s never too late to lace up those workout shoes and get moving. P.S., your heart will thank you!
Pure Barre combines rehabilitation exercise with ballet moves, stretching and strength training (using 4 – 5-pound weights). It’s a great low-impact workout focused on toning and lifting (take that gravity) and no dance experience is necessary.
Celebrities who heart Pure Barre include Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel, and Madonna. Classes generally last around 55 minutes. A nice fit for women of all ages, shapes, and sizes.
Yoga is a low-impact form of exercise that’s been around for over 5,000 years. It’s about yoga postures (called asanas) combined with meditation with a focus on harmonizing mind and body through breathing techniques.
This low-impact workout is favored by stars like Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, and Demi Moore.
Looking for a great way to increase flexibility and strengthen your core? Look no further than Pilates, a versatile, low-impact exercise program that is good for seniors, pregnant women and athletes alike.
A favorite of stars like Sandra Bullock, Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz who prefer a dancer-like physique.
Joining a spin class can provide your body with an exciting heart-healthy workout rain or shine. You’ll burn calories, increase muscle tone, sleep better and reduce stress. It’s a fun way to meet new friends while you pedal your way to better health.
Celebrities who like to get their cycle on include Olivia Wilde, Katie Holmes, and Britney Spears. Classes usually run 55 minutes and you can go at your own pace.
Walk It Off
Want to give your heart the gift that keeps on giving? Take it outside, girl! Research shows that folks who walk regularly (at least 30 minutes) have lower blood pressure, fewer strokes, and fewer heart attacks. Added bonus, incorporating regular walks into your life can actually produce measured age-reducing effects (according to Dr. Oz).
Stars who like to walk it off include Heidi Klum, Jessica Alba, and Katy Perry and your favorite pooch!
The Bottom Line
Make a commitment to better heart health and start moving today.