Heart Arrhythmias and Exercise - Topic Overview
Tips for success
- Set realistic goals. If you expect too much,
you are likely to become discouraged and stop exercising.
yourself time. It can take months to get into the habit of exercising. After a
few months, you may find that you are looking forward to it.
with it. It can be hard to follow an exercise plan. Try exercising with a
friend—it is much easier to continue an exercise program if you are exercising
with someone else.
- Reward yourself. Build in rewards along the way
that help you continue your program.
- Start out slowly. Try parking farther
away from the store or walk the mall before shopping. Over time, you will
increase your ability to do more.
- Keep a record of your daily
exercise. It is okay to skip a day now and then or to cut back on your exercise
if you are too tired or aren't feeling well.
For more information, see:
- Fitness: Getting and Staying Active.
Precautions when starting an exercise program
starting an exercise program, keep the following precautions in mind:
- Pace yourself by alternating exercises. Rotate
light workouts, such as short walks, with more strenuous exercises, such as
low-impact aerobics or swimming.
- Avoid exercising outdoors in
extreme temperatures or high humidity. When the weather is bad, try exercising
indoors at a gym or walking at a mall.
- Avoid exercises that require
or encourage holding your breath, such as push-ups, sit-ups, and heavy
- Do not take hot or cold showers or sauna baths after
exercising. Moderate temperatures are best, because very hot or very cold
temperatures can be dangerous.
- Ask your doctor about continuing
your exercise program if your medicines change. New medicines can affect how
you feel when you exercise.
- Do not take naps after exercise, because that reduces exercise
- Take your pulse frequently or wear a heart rate monitor, and keep
your pulse within the parameters your doctor sets. Watch your pulse when
walking up hills or stairs.
- Make sure you adjust your exercise
program if it is interrupted for more than just a couple of days. Gradually
increase to your regular activity level as tolerated.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 12, 2014
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