Ask anyone who has been through it, and they’ll agree. There’s no time in life when you feel more fragile than after a heart attack.
It’s not uncommon to think your ticker is so delicate you need to watch every step. And many heart attack survivors start to avoid anything they think might alter that gentle lub-dub rhythm from sex to exercise.
You might worry that even a LITTLE exertion will send your right back to the hospital.
And that, my friend, is why millions of Americans who’ve had a heart attack plop down in an easy chair as soon as they get home from the hospital and never really get up again.
They’re literally afraid to move. But that could turn out to be one of the worst mistakes you can make.
No need to fear exercise after a heart attack
Trust me, I get it. Before a heart attack, you may feel practically immortal. But after, you’re more likely to feel like you’re at death’s door.
It’s a real “life flashing before your eyes” moment, and it’s easy to see why many folks are so fearful after. And it’s also a reasonable assumption that any exertion could trigger another attack.
But it turns out you’re NOT as delicate as you might think. The new study of 1,600 guys tracked for some 14 years finds the real risks aren’t from exertion.
The research reveals how sitting in that easy chair is an easy trip to an early grave. Because as it turns out, the key to surviving and thriving after a heart attack ISN’T in babying yourself and your heart.
It’s in MOVING more and KEEPING active. And there’s a simple way to get some life-extending activity WITHOUT putting yourself at risk.
Risk of dying slashed 40% — add YEARS to your life
According to the researchers, the guys who got about 2.5 hours a week of vigorous activity had a nearly 40 percent lower risk of dying than the men who “babied” themselves and got only limited movement.
And if you were not exactly active BEFORE a heart attack, now’s the perfect time to start moving. The less active folks who stepped up to 2.5 hours a week saw their risks plunge by more than a quarter.
Now, don’t worry, I’m not talking about training like Rocky as soon as you get home. The study finds that just 2.5 hours a week of brisk walking will cut that death risk and boost your odds of long-term survival.
So if you’ve lived through a heart attack, talk to your doctor about when it’s safe to resume activity and at what level. Then, follow up and keep moving.
And if you’re simply worried about your risk ask your doc about the test that could allow you to STOP A DEADLY HEART ATTACK days or weeks before it strikes. I wrote about it here.