Exercise

Getting regular exercise when you are recovering is important. Exercise can make your heart muscle stronger. It may also help you be more active without chest pain or other symptoms. Exercise may help lower your blood pressure and cholesterol. If you have diabetes, it can help you control your blood sugar. Regular exercise can help you lose weight and even keep your bones strong.

Types of exercise you can do

Aerobic activity uses your heart and lungs for a long period of time. It also helps your heart use oxygen better and improves blood flow. You want to make your heart work a little harder every time, but not too hard. Start slow. Choose an aerobic activity such as walking or biking. Do this at least 4 to 5 times a week.

Always do 5 minutes of stretching or moving around to warm up your muscles and heart before exercising. Allow time to cool down after you exercise. Do the same activity but at a slower pace. Take rest periods before you get too tired. If you feel tired or have any heart symptoms, stop. Wear comfortable clothing while exercising. During hot weather, exercise in the morning or evening.

When it is cold, cover your nose and mouth when exercising outside. Mild weight training may improve your strength and help your muscles work together better. This can make it easier to do daily activities. These exercises are good for you. Go easy on exercises and do not strain too hard. Your cardiac rehab specialist will show you how to do these exercises the right way. Make sure you breathe steadily and switch between upper and lower body work.

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