Regardless of one’s age, leading an active lifestyle and participating in physical exercises play an important role in maintaining our health. However, when it comes to loved ones with heart failure or other heart conditions, keeping up with their physical health becomes more prioritized. Of course, loved ones diagnosed with heart failure should not partake in hard exercises as these have the potential to be too strenuous on their bodies. Instead, look for light to moderate exercises that keep their heart rates going without stressing them too much. Here are some recommended exercises for heart failure.
Whether it’s yoga or chair yoga, this activity, which originates from India, is beneficial for everyone as it promotes better meditation, breathing exercises, and overall quality of life. Depending on what type of yoga your loved ones are suitable for or prefer to attend, yoga can help to loosen their joints, improve their balancing skills, increase their range of motions, and many more. In the long run, you’ll find that your loved ones will be better in both their physical and mental health. For loved ones diagnosed with heart failure, we recommend doing yoga exercises alongside a professional in order to prevent accidents from occurring. This goes especially for loved ones who are beginners in yoga.
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese exercise that focuses on meditation. Participants would move in slow motion and take deep breaths at the same time. Due to its range of movement, many people have considered Tai Chi as a graceful form of exercising, though Tai Chi can also be used in martial arts. For loved ones with heart failure, they’ll be glad to know that Tai Chi has been proven to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and increase energy levels. At the end of the day, we can guarantee you that your loved ones will have a better quality of life and be more optimistic.
Cardio workouts, in general, are extremely useful in building our strength and losing weight. When it comes to loved ones with heart failure, cardio workouts can help to strengthen the heart and improve circulation, thus improving their overall heart health over time. Cardio workouts do not just limit to the gym. Certain light workouts like walking and jogging are popular among older adults and those who aren’t as physically mobile. Your loved ones can consider walking around their retirement community or a garden to boost their fitness levels. Other light activities include gardening and dancing.
Examples of strength training are lifting weights, using resistance bands, and cycling. While strength training can be useful in building a stronger and more resilient heart, some activities can put too much stress on loved ones with heart failure. As such, just like with yoga and other workouts as well, it’s important to consult with a physician or professional medical personnel first in order to ensure that your loved ones are suitable for the activities. If your loved ones do take part in strength training, do remind them occasionally to pay attention to their bodies and always recover during each session. Having plenty of sleep and rest is crucial as well.