Monday, January 19, 2009

Pick them up and put them down!

It's a proven fact that exercise improves your fitness level. If you have a CHD, that's important: Strengthening a damaged heart can make it work better, function longer, and be more resistant to shock if you happen to have a health crisis. In short, exercise can extend your life.

For any exercise to be effective, your heart and respiratory rate have to increase - safely! So be sure to consult your doctor before beginning any exercise program. If your doctor clears you for exercise, be sure to ask if he/she recommends a certain type of exercise. Be sure to start slowly and build your strength.

Music can make your exercise routine go by faster and keep you going when your body says "Wait a minute!" You also tend to move with the beat: faster music makes you work harder. Don't believe me? American Pie is a classic song, but just try to exercise to it. 500 Miles by The Proclaimers works much better!

This website will sell you "workout music" with faster or slower beats, depending on how intense you want to exercise. Or you can download your favorite MP3's. Either way, if your doctor approves, get out and get moving!

1 comment:

Denise said...

Thank for encouraging us to be exercising. My doctors consistently encourage me to be at the gym exercising. It does help!