Tips on Maintaining an Active Lifestyle

If you have chest pain or shortness of breath at rest, or on mild exertion, consult your cardiologist BEFORE starting an exercise program.

If you do not exercise at all, begin by a light walk for 20 minutes, three times a week.

As you become comfortable with a slow starting pace, gradually build up the length of time you walk, until you are walking 30-45 minutes three times a week.

After 1-2 months of walking 45 minutes three times a week, consistently, then you can increase your speed to a brisk walk.

Once you are comfortable with your regular walking program, and interested in proceeding to the next step, find a health club with aerobic training and ask them to show you how to get a moderate cardiovascular workout within your limits.

If you have access to a swimming pool, you can exercise without putting strain on your joints. Swim a few laps at a time, three days a week.

When you are in a building with stairs, use the stairs when climbing up one flight, or climbing down two flights. Save the elevator for climbing more than one flight.

When you go to the grocery store or to the mall, park farther away from the front entrance. This allows you to get a little walking exercise while shopping.

In colder weather, walking indoors, such as in a mall, will allow you to maintain your walking program.

Consider walking to work if you live less than a mile from work.

If you live within five miles of your work, consider riding your bicycle to work instead of driving. This will give you exercise, save you money on gas and allow you to maintain your active lifestyle.

Couple your exercise program with a healthy eating program, and make it a permanent part of your lifestyle. This is not a temporary change! This is for the rest of your life.

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