I've Graduated From My Cardiac Rehabilitation Program...Now What?
Congratulations on committing to your Cardiac Rehabilitation Program and completing it! Now you have the tools, motivation and confidence to continue your program on your own. But there are a few items that you need to keep in mind as you get back into your regular routine of life. Consider the following:
- Continue to keep a diary of your exercise sessions as this will help to ensure you continue exercising 5 times per week for the rest of your life
- If you are having trouble staying motivated to exercise:
-- Exercise with a buddy
-- Join a group like a mall walk program
-- Listen to music
-- Change your venue for exercise
-- Change your mode of exercise
- Remember your risk factors - and review them every 3 months
-- Ensure you are on target for:
* Cholesterol (LDL and HDL)
* Blood pressure
- Stay up to date
-- Stay linked with your cardiac rehab program for educational updates and social events
- Replace your training shoes
-- Remember your shoes need to be replaced every 400-600 miles to prevent any foot, knee or back injuries
- Take note of any changes in your medical status
-- If you are experiencing any new or more intense symptoms like shortness of breath or chest pain, be sure to follow-up with your physician as soon as possible
- Remember that the changes you made in your lifestyle are lifelong...you have seen great improvements in your body composition, cardiovascular fitness and your state of mind - continue with this lifelong, and your accomplishments will soar!
Our feet and gate are a gift from our parents so remember there are some things you can control and some you cannot. First, let your shoe professional at the Walking Room fit you with a couple of pairs of shoes which are right for you specifically. Now, start walking and having fun.Learn More
Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines
Recently the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology and the Canadian Public Health Association (2007) published a consensus report for the future on the role of physical activity in health.Learn More
The Talk Test: How Fast Should I Go?
This is a common question for people starting an exercise program. We want to encourage participants to exercise hard enough to receive training benefits without pushing them unnecessarily.Learn More
Sexual Activity and Heart Disease
Cardiovascular disease can involve:
1) Atherosclerosis Atherosclerosis is a narrowing of small blood vessels. Changes may be confined to blood vessels in the heart, reducing the blood supply for the pumping heart. This is called "ischemic heart disease." If the heart's pumping action is increased during exercise or stress, the blood supply through the coronary arteries may not be sufficient, and pain (angina) occurs.
Are Back Problems Limiting Your Cardiac Exercise?
Low back pain is one of the most common complaints among adults in North America. It accounts for more lost person-hours than any other type of occupational injury and is the most frequent cause of activity limitation in individuals under age 45. In the U.S., it costs at least $ 16 billion each year and disables 3.4 million individuals. However, with exercise and being physically fit, we can decrease the likelihood of this problem from happening to us.Learn More