I admit I was NOT a person that exercised daily prior to my heart issues. I did walk a lot, and I was active around my home and at work but I never went to the gym. In those days, work ruled and there was no time for real a cardio work out.
My transplant team told me up front to have a good cardio workout of at least 30 minutes, 3 or 4 times a week. I have followed that advice since my transplant. I use the treadmill, elliptical and the bikes. I do occasionally lift on the Nautilus machines and I make that a cardio workout as well. If I can’t get to the gym, I’ll walk around the neighborhood, at the mall or even inside Wal-Mart where a lap around the inside perimeter is 0.4 miles. Five laps inside Wal-Mart in a about 30 minutes, equates to 4 MPH, which will get the ticker pumping at a pretty good rate.
The point of this post is to remind each and every one of us heart transplant patients that cardio exercise is just one of many facets of post transplant life that WILL help us in the long run. The other ones that are obvious (and easier) are stay away from sick people, take our meds on-time, watch our diet, and wash frequently, etc, etc.
Of course, exercise expends energy and time ………. but we MUST do this!!
Who wants to take a walk with me?