Exercising with heart failure
Examples of workouts
Exercise and supplements
Why do you have to stretch? It quickly activates the endothelium, which produces and regulates many substances critical for your heart. Stretching forces blood more strongly through all the small blood vessels, preparing your body to work without injury. Finally, stretching relaxes your entire body, reducing the effects of emotional stress.
I don't like to stretch but I do this same routine every single day - it has significantly improved the way I feel. These exercises do not require any equipment, and are aimed purely at quality of life. This full routine takes roughly 5 minutes once you are used to it.
|Specific Flexibility Exercises|
|Do Them In This Order|
|Neck Rotation||Neck, traps|
|Side Neck Stretch||Neck, traps, shoulders|
|Side Stretch||Abdominals, Lats|
|Bicep Stretch||Biceps, forearms, shoulders|
|Doorknob Lat Pull||Lats (middle back), shoulders, forearms|
|Calf Stretch||Lower legs, ankles, foot|
|Knee Roll||Lower back, hips, abdominals|
|Hip Stretch||Hips, butt, back of thighs|
|Figure 4 Pull||Thighs, knees, hips|
|Standing Cat||Back (all), neck, back of thighs|
|Toe Touch||Back of thighs, knees, shoulders, back|
|Cross Toe Touch||Lower hamstrings (back of thigh), knees, back, abdominals|
|Hamstring Stretch||Back of thighs|
|Quad Stretch||Front thighs|
Balance affects every move we make - and our ability to sit and stand. The following exercises are called "core stability" exercises. These don't work the usual skeletal muscles so much - they work "postural" muscles, the deep underlying muscles that we use without thinking to maintain our posture and stabilize our movements.
These exercises should be done in reps and sets but you'll need to start more slowly. Begin with one set of 2 reps. You can do these every day, every other day, or every third day. Personally, I currently aim for one set of about 4 to 10 repetitions on these. None of these exercises require equipment, and are aimed purely at quality of life. Stretch first!
In case there seems to be a lot of abdominal work here, let me quote Bruce Lee, "My strength comes from my abdomen. It's the center of gravity and the source of real power." Your abdominals, hip flexors, and lower back make basic movement easier or harder. These exercises will make it easier!
|Specific Core Stability Exercises|
|In and Out Knee Raise|
|Side Leg Raise|
|Split Leg Raise|
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