It doesn’t always take a herculean effort to make some big changes in your life. From diet and exercise to working closely with your health care team in managing your HF, how are you planning to take charge of your life in 2017? Get inspired to become more active this year with these simple steps from the Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA).
- Pick a simple aerobic activity that you like, which involves moving the large muscles
- Some examples include walking, bike riding, even using the elliptical machine at the gym
- You can also consider doing activities or hobbies that you may have stopped. Examples include biking, swimming, gardening, bowling, or any activity that you enjoy that keeps you moving
- It is a good idea to include walking in any activity plan that you develop. Walking is a good choice for many people because it is easy to start a walking program, does not require any special equipment, and can be done year-round and most anywhere
Visit HFSA’s Exercise and Activity module to learn more: http://www.hfsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/P969-HFSA-Module-5-Exercise-v5.pdf.
Also make sure to check our post from Dr. Bob on activity ideas: https://www.togetherinhf.com/resources/small-changes-can-make-a-big-difference.
Always make sure to check with your physician before starting a new exercise routine to ensure this is adapted to you.