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Start slow and add a little more over time. Make it feel as if when finished feel like you could have done more easily. Begin exercising at this intensity for several sessions before making large increases in your intensity or effort required to be physically active. . Remember the whole goal is to adapt, and by doing so the body is changing how it responds. In the early recovery stage the exercise prescription is very light. Do you know What exercise prescription is best for you?
Since exercise should be part of your everyday routine in order to make it a lifelong habit injury avoidance is important to be aware of overuse signs and symptoms, to rest those muscles when needed. Occasionally cardiovascular disease patients develop Peripheral Artery Disease and symptoms can present similarly to overuse. Pain should signal the body to be aware that something is going on. Take some time to evaluate that pain, what happens with it, does it always come on at a certain time or point of the exercise or activity? How long does it take to go away? Can it be avoided while being active by another means for instance switching from walking to biking? Make sure you communicate these findings with your healthcare practitioner as they could be signals of other health conditions related to heart disease and it’s recovery.
Some exercise and activity is better than none, so start slowly. Even a warmup is better than no exercise session here is why warming up before strenuous activity helps your heart.
Don’t expect results overnight, but do take small steps each day. Move that blood around, push it through the muscles. Make the muscles use the oxygen in the blood more efficiently. Exercise helps the the heart recover and stay strong.
You might not notice any big changes—especially in your weight—for a few weeks or even months. It is still good for your heart health! It is not all about weight loss. Forget the scale for a while. In fact many who initially start to exercise following hospitalization are Sedentary at the start and will gain a couple of pounds. It is their muscles getting pumped up, holding and utilizing more blood flow. Generally the focus on how you feel.
When not to exercise is if you are presenting with Signs and symptoms of heart problems. Exercise should be avoided if if you are presenting with congestive heart failure, or are presently sick. When returning to exercise following illness
What is National Walking Day?
The American Heart Association has named the first Wednesday of each April, National Walking Day. This day is dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of physical activity.
Invite your family, friends and coworkers to walk with you towards a healthier life!
Why start walking? It’s easy, it works and it pays!
Check out the American Heart Association’s new Walking Paths app to create, find and track walking paths near you! Available for the Android, iPhone and iPad.
For more information visit www.startwalkingnow.org
Get moving today!
When is the last time you had a good guttural laugh? You know the kind, where you feel like you are short of breath, your stomach and face muscles feel sore, the kind that puts a smile on your face when you think of it later? This kind of laughing has similar effects on the body as exercise does, lowering blood pressure, reducing stress hormones, and burning calories.
There are some claims that children laugh more than 300 times a day, whereas adults laugh less than 20 times a day. Studies have shown people with heart disease responded less humorously to everyday life situations. They generally laughed less, even in positive situations, and they displayed more anger and hostility. Other studies have shown higher instances of conditions such as heart disease and dementia among those who live in isolation. Many who are socially isolated don’t get the opportunity each day to smile and laugh. If you struggle with social isolation, challenge yourself to find a way to laugh. It may be laughing at yourself, watching a funny movie, doing laughing exercises, joining a laughing group,or finding laughs on the internet. Challenge yourself to laugh.
Here are a couple of links to videos of laughing exercises: