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I've Graduated From My Cardiac Rehabilitation Program...Now What?

Congratulations on committing to your Cardiac Rehabilitation Program and completing it! Now you have the tools, motivation and confidence to continue your program on your own. But there are a few items that you need to keep in mind as you get back into your regular routine of life. Consider the following:

  • Continue to keep a diary of your exercise sessions as this will help to ensure you continue exercising 5 times per week for the rest of your life
  • If you are having trouble staying motivated to exercise:

-- Exercise with a buddy

-- Join a group like a mall walk program

-- Listen to music

-- Change your venue for exercise

-- Change your mode of exercise

  • Remember your risk factors - and review them every 3 months

-- Ensure you are on target for:

* Cholesterol (LDL and HDL)

* Blood pressure

* Smoking

* Exercise

* Weight

* Diabetes

* Stress

  • Stay up to date

-- Stay linked with your cardiac rehab program for educational updates and social events

  • Replace your training shoes

-- Remember your shoes need to be replaced every 400-600 miles to prevent any foot, knee or back injuries

  • Take note of any changes in your medical status

-- If you are experiencing any new or more intense symptoms like shortness of breath or chest pain, be sure to follow-up with your physician as soon as possible

  • Remember that the changes you made in your lifestyle are lifelong...you have seen great improvements in your body composition, cardiovascular fitness and your state of mind - continue with this lifelong, and your accomplishments will soar!

The articles, on the Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada website, are presented with the understanding that the Foundation is providing information only and not rendering medical advise. Please check with your family physician, specialist or health care professional before implementing any of the ideas expressed in these articles.

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