WHY EXERCISE?

Itís an easy way to help you look and feel good. While your looks get in shape, your heart and health shape up as well. This is what can happen to those who exercise regularly:

        The heart pumps blood and oxygen to the body with less effort

        High blood pressure lowers

        Body fat is lost

         Blood fats get better-- HDL (good cholesterol ) increases and triglycerides (bad fat) decrease

        There is less mental stress, depression and anxiety

When To Exercise

        The best time is before meals, or at least two hours after a meal.

        In summer, avoid the hottest times of the day: donít do anything strenuous if the temperature is over 85 degrees. Be careful if it is both hot and humid.

        Donít exercise if you have a cold or flu, or if you are not feeling well. Give yourself time to recover from your illness and then resume your exercise program.

In Hot Weather

        Wait for the coolest part of the day, and avoid exercising in direct sun.

        Drink plenty of fluids before and during the exercise session.

        Do not take salt tablets, even if you sweat a lot .Most of us get more than enough salt from our food.

In Cold Weather

        Dress warmly if you exercise  outside ( see tips below on what to wear)

        If you have angina, you may want to exercise indoors during the cold weather.

        Many people who have angina find that cold weather increases the number of angina episodes they have. A face mask or scarf worn over the nose and mouth will warm the air and is often effective in reducing this problem.

        Walking in snow and on ice requires more energy than walking on a firm surface. Some of the increased work is due to the bulky clothing you are wearing. It may be necessary to walk at a slower pace to achieve the same conditioning heart rate, so pace yourself accordingly.

What To Wear

        For walking wear clothes that are comfortable and loose-fitting

        In cold weather, bundle up of you exercise outside. Wear gloves and a hat, to keep in your body heat.

        Wear layers of clothing so that you can remove some of it as you warm up. (Donít wear heavy or rubberized garments that make you sweat heavily. They donít help you loose weight, and they could make you severely dehydrated.)

        If you donít have comfortable walking shoes, invest in some. Take the advice of the sales people at a good shoe store or sporting goods store. More and more shoe companies now make specialized, high-quality walking shoes.

        Wear soft, absorbent socks.

What To Bring

        If your doctor prescribed nitroglycerin, keep supplies of nitroglycerin tablets wherever you might need them--at home and at your place of work. In addition always carry nitroglycerin with you.