1. Get Tech Support
“I’ve had clients from age 18 to 70 use a heart rate monitor, and afterward they won’t work out without one. Technology can help you know if you’re pushing yourself too hard or should work more intensely, so you can exercise smarter. It also increases your accountability and motivation. If you’re not ready for a stand-alone gadget like a Fitbit, try a fitness app like PEAR Sports, which guides you through hundreds of workouts led by real trainers and athletes; or Stepz, which uses your phone as a pedometer, helping you set and reach a daily activity goal.”
—Michelle Lovitt, Los Angeles–based exercise physiologist
2. Be Flexible
“Cardio workouts—like cycling and brisk walking—aren’t the only good moves for your heart. Mobility exercises may be key as well. Poor flexibility is associated with stiffening of the arteries, making it harder for the heart to pump blood through your body. It’s pretty easy to incorporate stretching into your daily routine. When I’m standing, I do side bends from my waist; when I’m sitting, I do spinal twists.”
—Biomechanist Katy Bowman, author of Movement Matters
For spinal twists, sit up tall in a chair and cross your right ankle over your left thigh. Place your left hand on your right thigh and rotate your torso to the right; hold for 10 seconds, then repeat on opposite side with right hand on left thigh.