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When I get stronger, I no longer count as exercise things that are easy for me. For instance, I can do Zumba for 60 minutes now and only 30 minutes of that is raising my heartbeat. I count only 30 minutes. I do a lot of garden work this time of year, but I only count the amount of time that was difficult. This makes sure that not too much credit is given me.
As a retired person with major back problems, I find it difficult to walk and do many strength exercises, so my exercise is mostly gardening. Because 65% of my heart muscle no longer functions, I can only do 15-30 minutes of gardening at a time before my body starts to overheat.
Luckily, I have
a pool to fall into when I'm overheated. It cools me off in just a few minutes, then I start more cardio by doing laps and treading water.
With hand fins and a weight belt, I can also get a good strength workout. The pool adds between 30-45 minutes to my days workout.
Start with just 10 minutes the first day. Add 1 minute the next day for a total of 11 minutes. * Each day just add 1 minute to your total. When you reach 15 minutes - spend a couple of days there then start adding the 1 minute each day again. Repeat from * for 20, 25 and 30 minutes.
At 30 minutes - you can split your work out into 2 sessions of 30 minutes a day for an instant jump to 60, or just keep growing it to 60 a minute at a time. One minute is just so doable.
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