heart conditions can exercise regularly. Before adopting a fitness regimen, it
is best to consult a medical practitioner, depending on the severity of the
heart condition. There are optimistic chances for people with heart conditions
to have a wholesome productive and healthy life with proper diet, planned
workout and medical attention. Dr. Selvapandian of Metabolic Fitness Hub,
Chennai, India suggests some exercises advisable for people with heart conditions
and strenuous exercises that should be avoided.
Safe for Heart Patients:
For a person
with a heart condition, exercises will be centered towards either recovery of
the heart condition or to avoid aggravating the heart condition. On a positive
note, regular exercises can yield general fitness within a matter of one to two
Do 5 to 10
minutes of warm-up exercises for a Fat loss program.
Take up easy
mobilization exercises such as rotating shoulders, rotating head and marching on
weight training. Please calculate 30% to 60% of 1 RM* to decide on the low
weight because calculation of low weights differs from one individual to
workout schedule on a day-to-day basis.
choose workouts for the upper body.
focus on exercises for the lower body.
select Cardio and workout for Abs (abdominal muscles) with most minimum weights
and maximum sets* an individual can do.
Stick to 2 to
3 sets* of each exercise with 12 to 20 repetitions* if you are person with a
Hop on to
elliptical trainer or cross-trainer (EFX) machines for 5 to 10 minutes provided
they are at a low resistance and low crossramp.
Cycling in a
convenient position can be done.
ideal but avoid running.
* 1 RM is one
repetition maximum. It is the maximum weight a person can operate one time when
doing a particular exercise. If a particular exercise has to be done 5 times
continuously, it is called a 'Repetition'. So, '1 Set' is the particular
exercise done 5 times continuously (repetitions) according to this example. If
a person has to do 3 Sets of this exercise, the person will do 1 Set (first 5
repetitions) will then take a break; do the 2nd
Set (second 5 repetitions)
will then take a break and continue with the 3rd
Set (final 5
repetitions). At the end of the particular training the person would have done
15 repetitions with 2 intervals. The repetitions may vary, increase or
decrease, from one workout to another depending on the person's physical and
Please check your heart rate from time to time while working out. To calculate
your heart beat rate, subtract your age from 220, which will result in your
maximum heart beat rate.
Use the Formula:
220* - Age = maximum heart rate of the person
For example, it
you are 40 years old, calculate your maximum heart rate level by subtracting 40
(your age) from 220. The result 180 is the maximum heart beat rate your heart
220 - 40 (years) = 180 (maximum
heart beat rate your heart can handle)
*The number 220 in the formula is
a tentative heart beat rate at birth. Exercises to be Avoided:
are best avoided in case a person has any heart condition. Exercises are suggested
in the best interest of heart patients. Workouts suggested are generic in
nature for people with heart conditions. A consultation with a certified
medical practitioner is advisable.
heart conditions must strictly avoid any workout that would require:
breath. A person with heart condition must avoid breath hold exercise.
involving one's own body weight, such as iron man pull-ups, pushups, T-man
activity for prolonged period
Living with a heart condition may have its set backs
but the right type of fitness plan can do wonders to a person. Whatever
exercise you wish to pursue, please consult your medical practitioner before
taking up a fitness program. The exercises suggested are basic exercises
recommended for a person with heart conditions.