Heart Healthy Exercises for Seniors

Heart Healthy Exercises for Seniors- Canton, OH

As a senior citizen, it’s important to keep your heart healthy and strong with heart healthy exercises. By exercising it every day (in the right way), you can ensure that your heart is in tip-top shape. With a healthy heart, you’ll have more energy to do other things that you enjoy!heart healthy exercise

Cardio Exercises

When you do cardio exercises, you’re getting your heart rate up and moving around. These activities could be anything from walking or jogging to swimming or riding a bike. When you’re exercising, it’s important to do these activities for an extended period of time as this can make your heart healthy. Here are a few more heart healthy exercises for seniors:

  • Fast walking on a flat surface
  • Swimming in a pool
  • Outdoor chores like gardening, mowing, or raking
  • Riding a stationary bike
  • Bicycling outdoors on a flat surface

Tips for Cardio Activities

As you start (or continue) exercising, keep these tips in mind:

  • Start slowly with your cardio exercise program to build endurance. If you haven’t been exercising much for years, it’s going to take some time to feel comfortable about engaging in cardio exercise.
  • Start with small amounts of cardio activity at first. Even if you do 5 minutes of exercising, your heart will thank you.
  • Everyone thinks that you should stretch before exercise to loosen up your muscles, but it’s better to stretch afterwards. This way, your muscles will already be warmed up.
  • Water, water, water! Water is so important before, during, and after exercise. Every day you should be drinking 8-10 glasses.
  • Keep in mind that when you’re exercising, you should always be able to breathe and feel no pain in your chest or head. If you’re dizzy, unable to talk, or feeling pain anywhere in your body, stop immediately and contact your doctor.

Dr. Ciuffo and the Minimally Invasive and Bloodless Heart Surgery Program

Dr. Ciuffo is dedicated to ensuring that your heart is healthy. If you have any questions about cardio exercise or how to maintain a healthy heart no matter what age you are, feel free to contact us at (330) 588-4676 or visit our contact page online.   

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About the Author

Giovanni B. Ciuffo, MD Director is an expert in Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery and Bloodless Heart Surgery is the outcome of his commitment to the development and improvement of both of these techniques. He runs a Cardiothoracic Surgery practice and manages Minimally Invasive and Bloodless Heart Surgery Program where he cares for patients from all over the country and locally. Click here to learn more about Dr. Ciuffo.

Board Certified:
American Board of Surgery
American Board of Thoracic Surgery