Personal Exercise Programme to Improve Abdominal Endurance

Importance of Exercise in Recovery

Exercise is very good for health. It helps in blood circulation and results in healthy heart. Therefore it's a very important part of your recovery. Exercise is especially important in the early stages of your recovery, particularly if you spend a lot of time sitting in a chair or lying in bed.

How often should I Exercise?

It depends on the condition of your heart muscles. Your doctor may guide you in the right direction. However, you should start gradually and can increase it according to your doctor’s instructions.

Always remember to do a warm up by stretching for 5 minutes before exercising.

Tips for Safe Exercise

  • Do not go for exercise after eating something.
  • Try to be active but do not stress yourself.
  • You should not exercise in extreme weathers i.e. when it is too hot, too cold or windy.
  • Take a walk! It’s the safest exercise to undertake whilst you recover.

Exercise Alert

If you experience any of the following symptoms during exercise, you should stop there and immediately contact your doctor!

  • Shortness of breath.
  • Chest pain.
  •  Pain in your arms, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Irregular heart beat.
  • Cold sweating.
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Weakness, swelling or pain in your legs.

Home Exercise Leaflet

You will be given a home exercise leaflet on your discharge from hospital, you should regularly do these. They will speed up the process of your recovery.
Remember that the home exercise leaflet is only intended as a guide. As with all exercise you will discover your own limitations and how to adapt them. However, if you're unsure of what is safe for you; you should contact your Cardiac nurse or your health care provider.

If you experience any pain, shortness of breath or dizziness whilst doing exercises STOP and immediately contacts the doctor!

Home Exercise Programme
During the first few weeks of your recovery you should avoid any activities which require:

  • Lifting.
  • Pulling or pushing.
  • Using high level of energy.

Exercise for Week 1

  • You should try to stay in your house for the first week. You may walk in the house, can go and sit in your garden.
  • Try to use the stairs not more than once a day and even do that in small steps. While taking stairs If you feel pain or breathlessness, stop there and take rest.
  • You should avoid going out in extreme weathers for the first week.
  • You may indulge yourself in light activities like reading, watching TV and shaving, but avoid heavy chores such as washing, cleaning windows, vacuuming and ironing.
  • You should avoid very hot water while taking bath or shower.
  • Try to avoid large number of visitors so that you don’t get tired.
  • You should avoid tea and coffee at bedtimes.
  • Take sound sleep.

Exercise for Week 2

  • This week you could walk out of the house but you should avoid hilly areas. Also do not go for long walk, instead increase it slowly.
  • Now you can take the stairs twice a day at a steady pace.
  • You may continue with light activities. But you should avoid other household tasks.
  • You could start your sexual activities now. (Read “Sex and Your heart Problems” section )
  • Sound sleep is very must for you.

Exercise for Week 3

  • You may go for walk twice a day and keep on increasing the distance you walk each day.
  • You may take the stairs three to four times daily but remember to do so steadily.
  • This week you may increase your activities like going for shopping or doing light gardening.
  • Get sound sleep at night.

Exercise for Week 4

    • Now you may begin your normal way of living.
    • You may start walking on a slight incline and may increase the distance as you walk each day.
    • You can gradually resume your routine activities such as vacuuming, sweeping, light painting, using a light hover mower, ironing etc

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