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Understanding and Managing Chronic Heart Failure

For people with chronic heart failure, exercise is even more important. It helps you manage the condition so that it doesn’t get worse and improves your quality of life. However, your doctor may recommend that you avoid physical activity on days when you’ve gained weight from fluid buildup or don’t feel well. Talk with your doctor about what limitations there should be on your exercise plan, if any. PLAY VIDEO Manage Your Weight The great thing about physical activity is that you don’t have to be an athlete to enjoy the benefits of it. In fact, you don’t even have to get 30 minutes all at once — you can break it down into 10-minute sessions throughout your day. Here are some other ways to get physical activity into your day: • Go out for a brisk walk — take the dog along for fun, and ask your friends or family members to join you. • Get off the bus or subway a stop or two earlier than you usually do and walk the rest of the way. • Park your car farther from your destination and enjoy a good walk there. • Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Manage Your Weight video My Activity Log Use this chart to keep track of the minutes of activity you do each day. Understanding and Managing Chronic Heart Failure Total Minutes of Activity Total Steps per Day My Activity Goals: ________________ minutes per day ________________ steps per day 1 © 2014 Mended Hearts and StayWell. All rights reserved. Date What I Did My Activity Log Download/print this PDF Understanding and Managing CHRONIC HEART FAILURE 18


Understanding and Managing Chronic Heart Failure
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