Benefits of Exercise for Cardiac Patients

Are you suffering from heart disease or have recently had heart surgery and want to live a healthier lifestyle? Exercise is the best course of action to take to keep your particular condition in control. Exercise is something than many Americans do not partake in, and it is estimated that 45% of Americans have ideal physical activity and 31% have noted that they have poor physical activity.  As a heart patient, you will want to partake in regular exercise to maintain your health.

Frequent aerobic exercise can result in moderate to large losses in body weight and body fat, and exercise has been shown to help decrease blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, and increase aerobic capacity. Physical activity, such as brisk walking, even if it is for 30 minutes a day can still make a difference. Endurance exercise, such as aerobic dancing, jogging, tennis or swimming should be completed at least three days a week, while moderate exercises should be completed at least five days a week.

Weight training is also recommended for many cardiac patients that lack physical strength or the ability to perform activities of daily living. Weight training can improve muscular strength, endurance, and even help improve your mood. Weight training should try to include 8-10 different exercises where you can do 8-10 repetitions can help you see positive results.

Exercise can also be a way for cardiac patients to learn a new sport or to continue participating in activities that are fun. This can be a way to bond with teammates or your family. Making exercise goals for yourself and completing them can also make you happier and more committed to your healthy lifestyle.

Speak to your physician about what sort of exercises are safe for you to do. Always pace yourself, stay hydrated, and follow the plan you and your doctor have agreed upon. If you’re interested in living an active lifestyle, request an appointment or call (918) 592-0999.