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10 Safe Exercises for you after your Heart Attack

By Dan

May 22, 2022

Back Pain, Heart Attack

Exercising in Canberra

The Best Exercises for Heart Patients

You are ok, and you can move. With the guidance from experienced Exercise Physiologists here in Canberra, we can rebuild your heart to be more robust, giving you the confidence to continue on with life.

Add a few minutes of exercise every day until you feel comfortable exercising for 30 minutes straight. This should take a few weeks, so don’t rush. Recent studies suggest 30 minutes of exercise a day will keep your heart healthy and keep you from overdoing it.

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List of Safe Exercises

1. Walking

Walking is the most important form of exercise and can be done straight after a heart attack. The distance you walk will be based on your energy levels, but you must walk consistently everyday. Have a look at this Case Study.

2. Cardiac Rehab Classes

Cardiac Rehab Classes are an exercise and education program that supports you while you’re recovering from a heart procedure or problem. This service has been proven to keep patients alive and out of hospital - and it’s a very important step on your road to recovery. Click here to join our classes.

3. Strength Training

It is important to strength train after a Heart Attack. Strength training could be as little as a few squats at home, or a few exercises in gym under the supervision of an Exercise Physiologist. If you have Knee Osteoarthritis, click here and we can help.

4. Bike Riding

Riding a bike is a great cardiovascular exercise. You can ride a stationary bike or you can ride outside. The amount you ride will be based on your fatigue levels and skill. You bike riding should start off slow and increase gradually over time. Let us know if you have also had Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer or a DVA Member, as we can help you more.

5. Swimming

Swimming is fun and can increase you heart strength over time. Remember to gradually increase the intensity over the weeks and remember to take breaks.

6. Aqua Aerobics

Regular participation in water aerobics or water exercise classes can help improve heart health and cardiovascular strength. The water's pressure acts as your friend in the pool and helps circulate the blood in your body more efficiently.

7. Aerobics

A well-supervised, traditional aerobic class is just the thing to boost your blood circulation and lower your blood pressure. Step aerobics and water aerobics are both excellent ways to move your body and many gyms and YMCAs offer these classes.

8. Yoga

Gentle yoga is the best style of yoga for anyone looking for a low-key exercise program after a heart attack. You’ll still get your body moving, but you’ll focus on making your muscles longer and more flexible. Plus, you’ll train your mind to wind down, which is great for lowering your blood pressure.

9. Pilates

Research has also shown that Pilates improves heart health through improved respiration, decreasing physical and emotional stress, and through improved metabolic function.

10. Dancing

What’s the best way to stick with an exercise program? Have fun! Dancing is a playful way to build your heart’s stamina. Swing dancing, two-stepping, or just doing the twist in your living room for 30 minutes will help protect you from a future heart attack and keep your spirits up.

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