Getting enough exercise, as well as ensuring you are doing the right exercise to suit your body and lifestyle, is very important for your heart. These exercise tips will help you to exercise safely and with a healthy heart in mind.

Studies have shown that regular exercise improves endothelial function (Hambrecht R, Circulation 1998), quality of life and outcome (Smart N, Am J Med 2004; Belardinelli R, Circulation 1999). Pilates exercises are simple, do not increase your heart rate, do not need any expensive equipment and can be done anywhere.

Here are some basic exercises performed by Pilates fitness trainer, Debbie Smith (Dip Phys Ed), who is a personal fitness trainer based in Johannesburg, South Africa. If you would like to learn more about Pilates or attend a Pilates class, you may contact Debbie on 082 456 7114 or email [email protected].

Please note: Pilates exercises should be done with a qualified Pilates instructor. Stop immediately if the exercises cause significant pain.