Guest Post: Exercise and Heart Disease

Exercise is an important part of any healthy lifestyle, but if you suffer from heart disease, it can be the difference between life and death. While a sedentary lifestyle can lead to depression, weight gain and more, incorporating exercise into your daily routine can help you improve both your physical and mental health.

When you decide to start an exercise program, you need to know a few things about exercise and heart disease, especially if you’ve never exercised before.

Benefits of Exercise

If the thought of getting off the couch and into some kind of physical activity leaves you with a lack of enthusiasm, think about how exercise can help your condition. It can strengthen your heart and lower your blood pressure. If you suffer from congestive heart failure, a good workout can help improve your symptoms. You also have the opportunity to lose weight while feeling stronger, and any mental health issues can be vastly improved. Physical activity is also known to help with sleep problems.

Talk to Your Doctor

If you’re not convinced that a decision to start exercising is a good idea, you should pay your doctor a visit. It’s important to get a physician’s opinion when you want to increase your physical activity. You may just need to confirm that it’s safe to start working out and what might be the best type of physical activity for you. However, if you’re on medication for a heart condition, then you need to know what level of activity is safe as well as how your exercise program balanced with your meds will affect you.

Take Some Time to Research

A lot of information has been logged over the past forty years regarding the effects of regular exercise. A sedentary lifestyle often leads to death for persons who don’t participate in some kind of physical activity. Sadly, many people choose to ignore the facts. Those who do decide to get up and begin working out find that feeling better from their activities improves their lifestyle, even into middle age and beyond. Take the time to read about the benefits of adding some form of physical movement to your life. There’s plenty of material out there that will convince you.

How Much is Enough?

You don’t have to be a long distance runner or a triathlete to benefit from exercise. Studies show that even small increases in activity can provide beneficial results. Gradually building up your strength can help you keep your goals of activity and weight loss while giving your body what it needs to stay healthy. If you’ve had a heart attack or experience chest pain, you have to work closely with your doctor to find the optimal level of exertion that won’t bring on your symptoms. Don’t be discouraged if it takes a while to reach the level you want. What’s important is to stick with it and don’t give up.

Benefits for Other Conditions

If you start an exercise program, you may find it helps other chronic illnesses you have as well. If you suffer from such conditions as osteoporosis or colon cancer, evidence has revealed that physical activity can provide some relief. People with conditions like diabetes can benefit greatly from a well thought out routine and lessen the chances for related heart issues as well. Ultimately, research over time has revealed that little or no exercise can result in more heart issues and deaths.

Emergencies

Even under the best of circumstances you can find yourself in pain or in a situation that leaves you unconscious. Part of your exercise routine should include a plan for help if such an occurrence arises. You could opt for a necklace with a card that gives your medical information. You might want to consider one of the medical wristbands used for different conditions like diabetes. Whatever your choice, make sure you have contact information to help you receive the proper care.

There’s much to consider about an exercise routine if you suffer from heart disease. While you don’t have to case exercise you certainly have to approach it with caution. Your goal should be to enjoy a healthy lifestyle and not end up as a statistic.

Author Bio: Karleia is a freelance blogger, health consultant and fitness fantastic. You can follow Karleia on Google+.

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