Being more active every day will help you recover and lower your risk of more problems. Talk with your doctor or health professional about how to safely build up your activity.
Start slowly, keep walking and learn about setting goals using the physical activity action plan.
Keep up any physical activity program you started while you were in hospital. You should be able to return to your usual activities a few weeks after your heart attack or other heart problem. Talk to your doctor or cardiac rehabilitation team about when you can start different activities again and how to pace your program.
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Aim to build up to doing at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on most, if not all, days of the week. You can do this in three lots of 10 minutes each if it’s easier. For example, you could do 10 minutes each of walking, gardening and light housework.
Walking is a good type of physical activity for people with coronary heart disease because:
Consider joining your local Heart Foundation Walking group. This will help you to keep fit and make new friends.
Regular, moderate-intensity physical activity is good for you, especially if you have coronary heart disease.
It will help you:
You won’t get these benefits all at once, or all of the same benefits. But doing regular physical activity and reducing the amount of sitting time will improve your health – even if you have coronary heart disease.
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