After surviving a rare coronary artery dissection and massive heart attack while nine months pregnant, Nefertari has devoted her life to uplifting other heart patients and promoting heart health awareness.See all posts »
It Only Takes 10 minutes
Did you know that 10 minutes of vigorous exercise a day, three times per week may reduce your chance of heart disease? Can you think of something fun to do for 10 minutes per day? I can!
10 minutes didn't seem like a lot until I put it to the test while dancing. Let's just say that it didn't happen. Although 10 minutes is all you need to help reduce your risk for heart disease, some of us may have to work up to that point due to a sedentary lifestyle or a weakened heart. My doctor always tells me to do my best, to not strain myself and to listen to my body.
I have tried every exercise possible. I tried lifting 5 pound weights..I could do a few but I tired easily. I tried lunges....I was able to do maybe just two. I even tried jumping jacks...however with my dibribullator in place I quickly remembered I'm not supposed to lift my arms up like that, so I stopped.
I finally settled with walking. It works! I can't go very far nor can I go very fast, but at least I try. I listen to my body and I don't push myself.
Before my heart attack, I could go non-stop. I was like the energizer bunny--I kept going, and going and going. I loved my level of energy which I needed with four kids. I don't think I truly appreciated my ability until it was gone. Now that it is gone, I sure miss it. I must admit that I went through a phase where I wanted to go up to a person that looked unfit and tell them to exercise and treat their body like a temple.
But I'm a lot wiser now. I no longer feel jealous when I see a women working out nor do I get upset when I see a person who may appear to be unfit. I don't know their situation and even if I did, I know it's not my place to judge.
Bottom line.....it only takes 10 minutes. Whatever movement you choose will do!
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