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Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase IV: Long-Term Lifestyle Change - Topic Overview

Aerobic exercise

Aerobic exercise in phase IV rehab is a program designed for a lifetime of commitment. Make it enjoyable by choosing activities that you like. It is still important that you use your target heart rate and rating of perceived exertion (RPE) and modify your intensity as you improve or face difficulties.

Example program

Mode

Intensity

Frequency

Duration

Progression

Aerobic (walking, swimming, biking, rowing, jogging)
  • Within target heart rate range
  • An RPE of 12 to 14 (somewhat hard to hard)
  • Until tolerance if no symptoms
  • Minimum of 3 to 4 times a week
  • Minimum of 5 days each week for weight loss
  • 15 to 60 minutes
  • Minimum of 45 to 60 minutes for weight loss
  • Increase heart rate.
  • Change type of activity.
  • Increase duration (gradually).

Strength training

Strength training continues to be an important part of your overall physical rehabilitation and conditioning. Gradually progress as you feel comfortable. But more important: combine it with your aerobic training. Be sure to monitor your progress toward your goals.

Continue to follow the recommendations on correct technique, breathing, and intensity to improve and/or keep your muscular strength and endurance.

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Last Updated: September 27, 2012
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