A healthy lifestyle and balanced nutrition are especially important for people with heart conditions. Although there may be some restrictions on certain activities because of the medications that you may need to take, light to moderate exercise is good for most people and decreases your overall risk of heart disease. It regulates your daily biological rhythms, improves sleep and mood, and helps control your weight. A good rule of thumb for people with any heart condition is that exercise is good as long as you are cleared by your care team and understand the level of exercise that you should be able to tolerate.
Exercising is one of the best paths to improving your health, but many people feel that fitting in activity is not easy. A good starting goal is at least 150 minutes a week, but don’t sweat the numbers! Just move more and find physical activities you like and build more opportunities to be active in your routine.
If you develop any issues with your heart while exercising, you should stop, sit down and follow the recommendations of your care team or seek healthcare advice. The best thing to do is to make sure you track your activity and learn what’s best for you!