Activities for heart disease recovery
The best type of activity to keep your heart healthy is aerobic activity. Aerobic activity is any repetitive, rhythmic movement that involves large muscle groups such as the legs, shoulders and arms – for example, walking or cycling. When you do an aerobic activity, your body needs more oxygen and so your heart and lungs have to work harder. This makes the heart and circulation more efficient and will help you in your heart disease recovery. Aerobic activity also helps to develop your stamina.
Examples of activites for heart disease recovery:
- dancing, and
- climbing the stairs
Building activity into your everyday routine. You don’t have to join a gym or buy expensive equipment to get the benefits of activity for heart disease recovery. You can improve your health just by fitting more activity into your everyday life.
- Walk to the local shops rather than taking the bus or car.
- Park further away from the entrance to the supermarket than you would usually.
- Use the stairs instead of the lift or escalator.
- Get off the bus one stop earlier and walk the rest of the way.
- Walk with your children or grandchildren instead of taking the car or bus.
- Do some gardening.
Read more about heart disease exercise and activity.