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Regular physical activity helps people with CHF (congestive heart failure) feel better. When you are active, it helps the heart and lungs use oxygen better. Physical activity also helps:
Choose any activity you enjoy. If you like the activity, you are more likely to continue doing it. Walking is a great choice. It may be more enjoyable if you ask a friend or family member to join you.
Exercise should be guided by common sense:
You’ll get the most benefit from a regular exercise routine. It is best if you exercise at least 3 days a week.
Each time you exercise, start with a warm-up. March in place for about 5 minutes, and do some upper-body stretches. At the end of each exercise session, finish with a cool-down period. This may include stretching exercises.
Starting an exercise program can be the hardest part. Once you get started, it’s likely that you will continue your program. You’ll feel better and have more energy. Your daily activities will seem easier.
Does your regular routine seem too easy? Are you ready to step it up? You should increase the amount of time you exercise little by little.
Ask your doctor before you increase the speed or intensity of your exercise. Ask your doctor about getting involved in a cardiac rehabilitation program in your local area. These programs have trained staff who can help you: