Wed, 05 September 2018
Everything one goes through daily affects the heart; a vital reason to keep yourself in the best possible shape. Start by introducing exercise to your daily routine – a brisk 30-minute daily walk makes a vast difference.
Individuals not inclined to exercise are twice as likely to be victims of heart disease as opposed to those who are active, as exercising helps burn calories and maintain a healthy lifestyle. It steadies blood pressure, while also reducing LDL (bad) cholesterol, and boosting HDL (good) cholesterol.
Crucial exercises include aerobics or cardio – running, swimming, biking, aerobic dancing or jogging. An increased heart rate and rapid breathing are to be expected, but don’t push yourself too hard! If joint pain is an issue, make sure you choose a low-impact activity such as swimming or walking. Habitual morning stretching will energise you. Strength training using your body weight, resistance bands or weights, two or three times a week, with a day for muscle recovery between sessions, will prove beneficial. Beginners should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate workout, weekly.
Be cautious – pain or pressure in your chest, difficulty breathing, dizziness, feeling lightheaded or an abnormally fast heart rate are warning signs, requiring medical assistance. See your cardiologist and ensure all is well before you begin your fitness journey.
For consultations, visit cardiology consultant Dr Praveen Kumar and cardiology specialist Dr Waleed Sultan at Royal Bahrain Hospital.
Call 17 246-800 or visit www.royalbahrainhospital.com for appointments. The Royal Bahrain Hospital Mobile app can be download on iOS and Android devices.