Exercising on Prescription Heart Medication

Exercising on prescription heart medication can be a good idea if guidelines are followed strictly.


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  1. This will be a marvelous blog. You undoubtedly use a wide range of useful ideas and information. I have been using the “7 on 2 off diet” ( I think that is what it’s known as ). In any case, it’s worked extremely well for me, I’ve lost almost 20 puonds since the first of January. Continue the great work, For certain i will check back in.

  2. Hi, im a 25 year old male who leads a sedentary lifestyle and dislike exercise.
    I am clinically obese and my blood pressure is 130 over 90.
    I am very self conscious about my appearance and is concerned about exercising in public. My VO2 Max is very poor but my flexibility is quite good.
    Just wondering if you can prescribe a basic exercise prescription that would be beneficial to me as a starting point for losing weight.

    1. Thanks for checking in on the blog and I do like answering questions from people who are sincerely looking for help. There are many things you can do to start a workout regime to lose weight. The first thing I would think about is are you motivated? To make changes you should really think about whether or not you are doing this for yourself or not. If its not for you, you probably won’t keep it up. So, find something that will motivate you to keep it up. Here are some basic types of motivation that may push you to keep exercising and losing weight.

      Are you motivated by competition? If so maybe find a person in similar shape as you to work out with. You can silently compete with them for a source of motivation or openly compete with them by always trying to work harder or longer than them on your workouts.

      Are you a detailed “check off the box” type person? If so you will need a workout that is written out, that you can go through step by step each day to show yourself that you have completed the workout.

      Maybe you are motivated by internal or emotional factors. If you are, write them down. What are those internal factors that, maybe you hate about yourself that will keep you motivated. Be honest with yourself write them out and then find a way of tracking your improvement. Maybe you want a smaller waistline. You can track your body size by taking measurements every couple weeks to track your progress. Maybe you have more internal factors? i.e. you may hate yourself for letting yourself become overweight. That is very anti-motivational. If this or other internal issues are the problem journaling often helps. Write how you felt before your workouts and then write how you felt after your workouts. You will be amazed at how good you can feel after a workout and that can be motivating to do it again. And you may be surprised how good it feels to just write down your personal weaknesses and strengths if you are this type of person.

      Finally, you may be a mixture of others motivational types or even a mix of all of them, but no matter what find what core factor really motivates you. It will be more important than any specific type of workout. But if I were you and I wanted to make a lifestyle change to lose weight I would start by doing something you like. Since you know you are flexible you may consider taking a Yoga class a couple times or even go for a good Yoga video that you could do at home. Personally, I find most people are comfortable doing one thing best… walking.

      I’d start a walking program that forces you outside. The sunlight improves your mood and the walking improves your overall wellbeing and energy. Take walks that have a purpose to get you started. If you are going to the mall park at the opposite end for a while, take the stairs, park further away at the beach… but remember this if you are really motivated and you want big results, go BIG or go home. Make yourself sore the next day so you remember that what you are doing has a purpose. If you don’t feel anything when you exercise it is not likely you will see changes. Think of The Biggest Loser TV show. The first day they push them harder than they have ever been pushed before (as long as their doctor says they are healthy enough to do so- so check with your doctor first). When you go for a walk, think big. Set a distance and a time goal you want to be able to do it in. For example, say you want to be able to walk a mile in under 10 minutes. And every time you repeat that workout do it faster or go longer than the last time. This will guarantee your body changes. AND THIS IS THE KEY TO REACHING YOUR GOALS! You must always, every time you workout, try to improve in some way. Go longer distances, try for longer times, do more reps/sets/weight with every weightlifting workout you do. Do this and you will force your body to change. If you do the same thing every time you may see results for a while but you will not have results for long.

      If this helps you get started let me know by responding. If you want a more detailed workout I would be more than happy to help with that as well. Just reply back and let me know what motivates you, how many days and how much time you’d like to commit to exercise and I will personalize a workout for you.

      Good Luck!

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