How Chances of Heart Failure Can Be Reduced with Exercise!November 15, 2019
How Much Exercise Is Enough?
People who have been suffered with heart failure should ideally be doing a workout of about 30 minutes in a day. It is not necessary to do the workout for continuous 30 minutes. You can split your workout into 2 or 3 rounds in a day that collectively become 30 minutes in total. Every person has a different cardiac condition so keeping this in mind this much exercise is not suitable for everyone. You must consult doctor before you try any new kind of exercise routine. If you see that your workout clothes are getting wet so quickly it means your heart rate is high that is leading to excessive perspiration. At such point, you have to realize that this is the limit. You must be aware of your own body limits. If you are not sure about it, do consult your cardiologist and get to know the ideal level of activity that is suitable for you.
When to Stop Exercising?
Once you had an experience of a heart failure, you need to be very conscious and look for the signs that tell you to stop exercising. Sometimes, even limiting the activity level does not work for heart patients and in that case, they have to stop exercising for few days. There are some casual signs that tell you that you are overdoing. For instance, if you are walking in a high pace and your sweat is not evaporating and getting stick to your workout clothes, it means that your level of exercise is more than your capacity causing excessive sweating. Other symptoms include, excessive exhaustion, breathlessness even after an exercise, excessive pain in the body, or chest pain in the severe case. If you even slightly doubt that you are having any of these symptoms, stop exercising right away.
Which Is the Best Kind of Exercise?
Aerobic exercises are best for you, as they are linked with heart rate hence offering great heart health benefits. It is best to choose a low impact aerobic activity that you are most comfortable with such as walking. However, other exercises such as swimming, cycling, and elliptical machine are good for you too if they are done moderately. If you are new to this exercise world, start slowly and then gradually increase your activity level depending on your health condition. One measure to know your limit is that if you are having conversation with someone while exercising and you feel it is becoming hard to talk then you need to slow down at that point. It’s always better to get an exercise test first and then your doctor can recommend you which exercise is best for you according to your heart’s health.
Why Is Warming Up and Cooling Down Important?
As we all know that warming up and cooling down hold great importance in the exercise routine, it is vital for people who have suffered heart failure. Always do a warm up for 5 to 10 minutes with very light activity like a slow walk. As the name suggests, warm up helps you to warm up your body and especially your heart in this case. With warm up, heart gradually gets to activity without whom heart can have a shock that can have severe outcomes. Cooling down is equally important, as it gradually brings your heart rate back to normal. It is best to keep doing your exercise and just slowly decrease its intensity to a level where your body can be back to normal where it was before exercise. Never instantly stop the exercise in the middle of it, as it can be severely damaging to your body and heart.