Facebook Pixel

Exercise After a Cardiac Procedure--My Experiences with 'How Much is too Much?'

Rate This
Fitness related image Photo: Getty Images

After my recent cardiac procedure, I couldn't afford attending cardiac rehab at $20 or $30 per session. So, I walked. With the dog of course. After my discharge from the hospital, I started first walking inside the house back and forth from the front door to the back door. At first I was stopping every round and taking a breather. It was hard to walk but 10 steps. Just going to bathroom was an ordeal, but as the time went by it got easier.

The last time I went through this, I remember doing pretty much the same thing with rehab, but with one difference: I just walked for a few days and later on started jogging and pretty soon I was jumping ropes and doing weights. I was also six years younger and could do a lot more things much easier. As the years have gone by I guess I lost the stamina and muscle power that I had back in the days. I recovered lot faster then. I went back to work within one month doing mammograms, sometimes 20 to 29 per day.

For some reason this time I find myself being less physically active. I do walk the dog every other day. I joined the local gym where I attend Zumba classes every Tuesday and Thursday. I do most of the household chores just so I could keep myself active. But I think either my age is catching up with me or I am not doing something right. I do have interest in working out but when the time comes for it I keep making excuses to get away from it. I don't think all people my age are physically less active. As a matter of fact I have a neighbor who is in his 70's and still does sky diving, paragliding, hiking and what not. I have seen 60 and 70-year-olds working out with so much excitement at the gym. Then what is really wrong with me? Why couldn't I be like anyone else? Especially with my health condition I should be working out everyday. Is it the medicines that I take?

I sat quietly in a corner yesterday early in the morning and contemplated my difficulties and reasons for not being up to the workout regiment. I filtered out each reason and analyzed it from every angle.

Add a CommentComments

There are no comments yet. Be the first one and get the conversation started!

Enter the characters shown in the image.
By submitting this form, you agree to EmpowHER's terms of service and privacy policy

We value and respect our HERWriters' experiences, but everyone is different. Many of our writers are speaking from personal experience, and what's worked for them may not work for you. Their articles are not a substitute for medical advice, although we hope you can gain knowledge from their insight.


Get Email Updates

Fitness Guide

Have a question? We're here to help. Ask the Community.


Health Newsletter

Receive the latest and greatest in women's health and wellness from EmpowHER - for free!