June 7, 2021
Clinical Contributors to this Story
Daniel Kiss, M.D. contributes to topics such as cardiology.
Jacqueline Hollywood, M.D. contributes to topics such as Cardiac Care.
Sheila Sahni, M.D. contributes to topics such as Cardiology.
Three of our cardiologists swap their scrubs for exercise gear and get personal, sharing how they fit heart healthy exercise into a busy schedule.
When it comes to heart disease, prevention always beats treatment – which is why three cardiologists from Hackensack Meridian Health offered to trade their white coats for workout gear and share five tips about incorporating heart healthy exercise into your daily routine.
What do they have to say?
Sheila Sahni, M.D.: 80% of heart disease is preventable, and regular exercise plays a key role. This is why we speak regularly to our patients about the importance of keeping active.
Daniel Kiss, M.D.: It’s incredibly important to be active, but it doesn’t have to be in the gym. Find what makes you happy, and get out there and do it.
Jacqueline Hollywood, M.D.: Before you start any exercise routine, reach out to your doctor first. Being healthy is part of staying safe.
Here are these cardiologists’ five key takeaways when it comes to working out for heart health:
- Try to commit to at least 30 minutes of exercise five times a week. Finding some form of exercise you actually enjoy can make that easier. You can also break up the sessions to fit your schedule, such as two 15 minute activities per day.
- Stretching is essential. Your whole body will benefit from regular exercise, but be sure to stretch first, so you don’t tear or injure any muscles or joints. The good news is that stretching has benefits beyond the gym. It enhances your whole body’s flexibility and range of movement, which can benefit you all day long.
- Warm up before engaging in strenuous exercise. This allows your heart rate to rise slowly and manageably, and also prepares your muscles for the workout ahead, preventing injuries.
- Two sessions of strength training a week are recommended. This could include lifting weights, using the resistance machines, or any form of body-weight exercise. Outside of the gym, stronger muscles help you with your daily activities, and also prevent injuries as you continue to exercise.
- Exercises that relax and unwind are also powerful ways to prevent heart disease. Yoga is a great option – training both the body and the mind. It’s easy to get into – with no special equipment required – and classes and routines are available for all ages and levels of mobility.
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