As fitness fanatics, we all have our favorite workouts. But if you suffer from coronary heart disease (CHD), some exercises might be bad for you.
Exercise is an important and crucial factor in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Despite having a strong exercise routine, you could be at risk of exercising unhealthily.
If you have coronary heart disease, it is important to be cautious when exercising. Of the various forms of heart disease, coronary heart disease may be the most common. It's the leading cause of death in the US, and it claimed nearly 4,62,000 lives in 2007 alone.
If you suffer from CHD, it is of paramount importance that you take care to ensure your fitness regimen doesn't pose a health threat.
Before beginning an exercise program, those with known cardiac problems (such as a past heart attack, bypass surgery, or angioplasty) should consult their doctor.
There are some exercises that you definitely need to avoid if you have coronary heart disease. Six of them are especially dangerous. These are listed below.
#1 Extreme Endurance Exercise
One of these types of activities is extreme endurance exercises, for instance, marathons. In extreme endurance activities, there are often long periods of time where the athlete is not able to move at all or can only move very slowly.
This is because the intense physical activity of a marathon can temporarily block blood flow to your heart, which may lead to unstable angina (chest pains). This can sometimes cause a heart attack, which is more likely to happen to people with CHD.
#2 HIIT: High-intensity interval training
You've heard it all before: high-intensity interval training (HIIT) is the way to go. It's efficient, it gets results, you only have to work out for 15 minutes.
The problem is that HIIT workouts are difficult. They're supposed to be, obviously, high-intensity, not low. If you have coronary heart disease (CHD) or other heart issues, this type of exercise could be dangerous.
While some people with CHD try HIIT and do great, others experience negative side effects like dizziness or angina.
While swimming is a great workout, it can put you at risk of heart disease. What's more, swimming can give you a false sense of security that it's not as hard on your body as other cardiovascular exercises.
The thing is, your heart has to work much harder in water compared to when you are out of it. That's because changes to your circulation mean more blood is returning to your heart.
Due to the resistance of the water, your heart needs to work much harder when you begin exercising. The stronger the impacts, the deeper you go.
Because of these factors, you should exercise at a lower intensity than you would do out of the water.
#4 Resistance training
Resistance exercises are an important part of any workout routine, but if you have coronary heart disease, they're a no-go.
Folks who have coronary heart disease need to be careful about what kind of workouts they're doing. This is because vigorous exercise has been shown to cause or worsen heart rhythm disturbances, angina (chest pain), or even a heart attack.
If you have coronary artery disease and you're on a beta blocker, make sure you talk to your doctor about how safe it is for you.
While running is great for your cardiovascular health and is a fantastic way to burn calories, it has its own set of risks.
The vigorous contraction of your heart that occurs during running is pushing your heart a little beyond its limits. Over time, all that beating leads to patches of fibrosis, or scarring.
Because atrial fibrillation causes an increase in bloodflow to the heart muscle itself, it can lead to swelling of the heart and eventually cardiac arrest.
We all know that burpees are great for building muscle, but what if you have coronary heart disease?
It turns out that burpees require significant upper-body strength, specifically from your shoulders. Because most of us aren't quite there yet, we do the action with asymmetrical shoulders and bent elbows.
This stresses the tendons and ligaments in your upper body and heart, and can lead to back and shoulder injuries and heart blockage.
If you have coronary heart disease, stick to moves that use less arm movement like push-ups or tricep dips.
When you do a push-up, your body forces your chest muscles to exert more force than they would during normal activities. This is called an isotonic contraction. It causes your blood pressure to rise slightly and puts strain on your heart—which can be especially dangerous for people with cardiac ailments.
If you're just starting out on an exercise routine and want to do some push-ups, check with your doctor first to make sure it's okay.
Moderate exercise is a key component of maintaining good health. It can be especially effective in treatment of chronic diseases like coronary heart disease as it leads to weight loss and a reduction in LDL cholesterol.
Exercise also reduces stress, protects against depression, improves bone health, and increases overall quality of life.
Poll : Do you workout daily for 15 mins?
Yes i workout everday
No; i work only thrice a week