I had my heart attack in 2007. I also had a weight problem to get under control. As part of the rehab, the medical staff had me walking a treadmill and riding a stationary bike. The downside to the treadmill was that it really aggravated my old high school knee injuries. The bike however did not. To make a long story short, my wife picked me up an old mountain bike at a garage sale, which I started riding around the neighborhood. In the beginning it was hell. I did a 2 mile ride and was pretty sure I was going to die that night. When I didn't, I did the same ride the next day, and it wasn't so bad.
I celebrated the 6 month mark after my heart attack by riding 50 miles on that bike. What I found is that cycling is great aerobic exercise. And, because it's non-impact (You never lock your knees if the bike is set up right.), it will not aggravate those bad knees. And, the best part of it is this: Even though you're getting a great workout, you're riding a bike. It doesn't seem like exercise.
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Start out at a comfortable pace for the first week, and then gradually increase little by little. You should start out with walking slow the first week, then walking a little faster the second week. By the 3rd or 4th week, you should be able to start doing aerobic exercise, but take it easy, and don't push yourself too hard. My doctor told me that when I am mall-walking, it is OK if I stop to take a break if I get too winded.
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Hi I'm new to this website. I had a heart attack in 2003 with a stent placement. I'm 60 yrs old and overweight by 50 lbs. I've pretty much been watching what I eat but obviously my portions are bigger than my energy output. I have a problem with exercising because other than walking, I find I get short of breath when I do aerobic exercises. It's my understanding that my meds keep my pulse and blood pressure in check so I assume that some of that shortness of breath is because my pulse should not go higher than a certain point? If that's the case, how am I going to lose weight by taking a leisurely walk for 30 min a day as opposed to an aerobic one? Does this mean I have to severely cut my calories less than 1500 a day? Just wondering if anyone has the answer to that. I'll never be a marathon runner.
I did lose 2 lbs in 2 weeks so I guess that's good even if it wasn't aerobic.I hope it continues. I'm giving myself a year to lose 50 lbs.
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