If you’re looking to get healthy, particularly
if you haven’t been active in a while, then you need to think about your overall health
level and if you’re someone who doesn’t have any heart disease and by and large you can
do all your daily activities. Then you should be able to go right into an exercise program
safely. If you are somebody who’s had a history of heart problems and especially if you haven’t
seen a physician in a while, then you really ought to talk to your general internist or
see a cardiologist before you start any kind of a new exercise program.
The general recommendations are at least 30 minutes of exercise, up to 5 days a week.
So a fair amount of exercise, probably more than most. However, it doesn’t have to be
30 minutes constant. It can be broken up into individual periods of, at least, 10 minutes
or so and so sometimes, that’s the way that people can work that into their daily routine.
And they actually may find that it fits their routine better than they had thought.
The most important thing for people with or without our disease when they start an exercise
program, is to start slowly and listen to your body. If you start having any kind of
symptom that you get with exercise that gets better with rest, whether that be shortness
of breath, chest discomfort, arm discomfort, back discomfort, no matter what it is. That’s
something that you really ought to pause and speak with your physician about. But as long
as you start slowly, increase slowly, and listen to your body, most people do very well.
More exercises associated with longer life span, lower risk of heart attack, lower risk
of congestive heart failure, lower risk of stroke, and higher functional level. So it’s
not just how long you live, but how well you live. People who exercise regularly can even
do so very late into life and they maintain a lot of independence. From a health standpoint,
don’t recommend people follow their weight as closely when you’re starting an exercise
program. Losing the unhealthy weight, such as fat tissue and replacing it with muscular
weight and your weight may not change at all but your overall health is going to be significantly
improved. And so what’s important, I think, is how you feel more so than how much you