Heart Arrhythmias and Exercise - Topic Overview
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
December 14, 2012
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