Developing a heart condition or being born with one is never ideal for leading a fit and active life, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on fitness altogether. There are ways to exercise and stay healthy even when your heart isn’t in the best of conditions, and we will discuss four of the best options to do so next.
Walking is arguably the best exercise for not just heart patients, but also for those suffering from joint and back pain. Just the simple act of walking 15 – 30 minutes per day can directly improve your heart’s current condition and that’s an established fact for people of all ages. It doesn’t stress the cardiac muscle out but works the heart just enough to keep it healthy. Power walking is a slightly more strenuous version of the regular walk, but a combination of the two can cause weight loss, reduce hypertension, improve blood circulation, strengthen bones, mobilize the joints, reduce the chances of developing diabetes and aid in digestion.
It has been confirmed that yoga is more than just a glorified stretching routine and it can effectively help those with pre-existing heart conditions, in addition to helping people avert common heart diseases in general. Try the Padangusthasana, Supta Padangusthasana, Janu Sirsasana and Setu Bandha Sarvangasana poses to see significant improvements in your cardiac health.
Selective Weight Training
Weight training can be good for some heart patients, but it isn’t for everyone. Patients suffering from or affected by angina, congestive heart failure, symptomatic aortic stenosis, very high blood pressure, Marfan syndrome and aortic dissection are some of the people who should not be trying to lift weights at the gym. For everyone else, moderate resistance training is actually beneficial for the heart and fitness in general.
An Active Lifestyle
The final entry on this list is not exactly a discipline or group of exercises in particular, but an overall fitter and more active lifestyle by choice.
- Get off the bus a few stops before your actual destination and walk the rest of the way
- Take the stairs when going down by a few floors
- Park a good bit of distance away from the office
- Do your house chores like washing, cleaning, ironing etc. on your own
- Walk the dog and play with your pet at the park
Do keep in mind that if someone has a heart condition, it is absolutely mandatory for them to first consult with their cardiologist about their probable exercise routine, before starting on anything mentioned above. The London Heart Clinic is a particularly approachable place for not just treating any and all kinds of heart conditions, but also for getting the answers to just about everything related to cardiac diseases, including the patient’s ideal exercise and diet regimen. Dr Syed Ahsan is the leading cardiologist in London, who is also known for his friendly behaviour and excellent advice when it comes to his patients choosing a healthy and fit lifestyle.
By taking on the above advice and speaking to a professional if you haven’t already, you’ll be able to ensure your heart stays as healthy as it possibly can.