People with heart failure feel good when they stay active. Years ago, patients were told to rest and stop their activities. But, now research shows that normal activity is safe for many people with heart failure. Being active can help relieve your symptoms. Activity helps your sense of well-being. You should do the things you love. Walking, water exercises, and weight lifting will help your muscles stay strong. These activities will also give you more energy.
Types and amount of exercise
Before starting an exercise program, consult your doctor. Also consult your doctor if you want to add or change any activities. You may need to do some testing first.
- Work around 20-30 minutes of activity per day most days of the week
- You don’t need to be active for 30 minutes straight
- It’s normal to be active for three dissimilar 10-minute blocks throughout the day
You can participate in a cardiac rehabilitation program. This is an exercise program specially designed for patients with heart problems. While you exercise, your blood pressure, heart rate, and other physical responses are closely monitored. After the program, you will be offered an exercise routine.
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- Increase your activity slowly. This is important if you haven’t been active regularly. This can also be the case if due to illness you have stopped being active.
- Pick a simple activity that you like. Do you like walking or cycling? Work in the garden? Go fishing, bowling or swimming? Choosing an activity that you enjoy helps you stick to it.
- Walking is always a good choice. It’s easy to find places for walking, indoors or outdoors. Start by walking for five minutes a day. Then slowly increase the time you spend walking each day. Also add to the number of days of walking.
- Surely warm up and cool down before and after exercise
- Never stop exercising all of a sudden and then sit or lie down, or stay still. It may make you feel dizzy or dizzy. Walk slowly before stopping.
- Use comfortable, supportive walking shoes
- After eating, wait at least an hour to exercise. You may feel ill if you exercise on an empty or full stomach.
- Avoid outdoor activities when it is colder than 40 degrees or hotter than 80 degrees
- Avoid activities when there is a lot of humidity or smog in the air n Exercise at a slow, steady pace
- Avoid actions that require quick bursts of energy
- Exercise when you have the most energy. For most people with heart failure, it’s morning.
- Consider exercising with a friend or family member. It’s easier to stick with when you have a partner. It can be a good social time.
- Don’t exercise if you feel more breath shortness than usual
- Don’t exercise if you feel very tired
- Don’t exercise if you are unwell or have a fever
- Don’t exercise if you have chest pain or drastically change your medications
- Rest between activities. Do not wait until you are fatigued to rest. Go back and forth between rest time and activity time.
How do I know if I’m overdoing?
You may need to stop exercising if you have any of the following signs:
- Shortness of breath
- Unable to speak or finish a sentence
- Shortness of breath that does not improve when you slow down or stop
- Feeling dizzy or dizzy
- Chest pain, tightness or pressure
- Pain in the shoulders, arms, neck, or jaw
- Skipped heartbeat or uneven heart rate (pulse)
- Feeling more tired or weak
- Heavy sweating, stomach pain or vomiting
If you have any of these signs while you are active, slow down. If they don’t improve, stop the activity. If your chest pain or symptoms do not go away, call 911.