Those recovering from a heart failure must gradually include low impact workouts under medical supervision in order to strengthen their heart
Leading an active life will keep you healthy and your heart happy. It helps you balance your weight and prevents arterial damage caused by high cholesterol, high blood sugar and high blood pressure. However, some studies show that exercising too much can burden your heart and impair its functioning in the long run. Hence it is important to understand how much is too much and where to draw the line. This can be achieved by staying alert to changes in your body while you exercise and by consulting a doctor before pushing your limits. But the fact that exercise is essential for a healthy heart is indisputable.
Exercise after Heart Disease
Those recovering from heart failure must gradually include low-impact workouts under medical supervision in order to strengthen their heart. Like any muscle, the heart needs exercise to keep fit, even after a heart attack. Cardiac Rehab is all about strengthening your heart and giving you the confidence as well to live a happy life in spite of a heart attack. People with a history of heart disease, need to begin their workout sessions in the presence of a doctor or an instructor trained to help people with heart conditions. Their progress will be monitored, and the intensity of the exercises is increased depending on how their heart responds to the activity.
For most people recovering from a heart attack or diagnosed with heart disease the easiest form of exercise, to begin with, is walking.
Three Types of Heart-Friendly Exercises
#1 Aerobics/ Cardio Workouts
#2 Strength/ Resistance Training
Red Flags while working out
When you work out it is normal to sweat, be aware of your breathing and even feel relaxed. These are all normal and signal that your body is comfortable, yet active. However, there are some signs that one should not ignore, with or without a history of heart disease:
These signs may not be indicative of heart disease, but they are signs that your body is not comfortable with whatever activity you are subjecting it to. Stop immediately. If the signs persist, it is best to see a doctor. With the help of your doctor, chart out an exercise plan.
Pick out a workout plan that is not stressful and includes activities you enjoy doing. This guarantees that you will not quit your routine. Persistence is key if you want to see long-term benefits.
CONSULTANT – CARDIOLOGY
MBBS, MD (MEDICINE), DM (CARDIOLOGY)