How to Start Exercising When Recovering from a Cardiac Episode
Surviving a heart attack or cardiac arrest should inspire a serious wake-up call for you to get back in control of your health so that you can avoid similar episodes and increase your life expectancy. Physical activity will be integral to your new plan for healthy living, but you will need to make other considerations to ensure that your heart is safe through this increase in regular exercise. Here are some guidelines to follow that will help you start moving safely as your heart recovers.
Utilize Physician Supervision
Your doctor can help you understand the specific needs that you have for physical activity given your health history and most recent cardiac issues. Therefore, you should consider consulting your cardiologist before you even begin an exercise routine and continue to check-in as you progress to more rigorous physical activities. You might sign up for the Cardiac Information Series to at Los Robles Hospital to further boost your knowledge of safe physical exercise alongside patients with similar needs to your own.
Start Slow with Clear Limits
When you first begin to incorporate exercise into your rehabilitation routine, you may not be able to work out for very long. Still, it is important to be patient with your own limitations and only push yourself to a comfortable point. While you might want to do more so that you can get healthy faster, you could end up hurting yourself if you push too far.
Set Goals for Improvement
Small, manageable goals will help you keep yourself in check when you want to step up your workout routine. For example, instead of saying that you want to hike a mountain within three months, you might set goals to go on progressively longer hikes each week until you can complete the whole trail you want to hike.
Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks can help you carry out your cardiac rehabilitation with ongoing patient education and customized rehabilitation programs to address your physical, emotional, and social needs following a cardiac episode. You can connect with us on our website or at our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (805) 497-2727.