Most importantly, follow your doctor’s orders — but there are factors that can interfere with or slow your recovery.
FIT FIRST: Call the Fauquier Health Wellness Center at 540-316-2640 to ask about Fauquier Health’s FitFirst program. The six-week exercise regimen is designed to strengthen your body before surgery so you’ll have a better recovery.
Cardiac rehabilitation is a physician-supervised program for people who have either congenital or acquired heart disease. Cardiac rehabilitation can often improve functional capacity, reduce symptoms and create a sense of well-being for patients. Cardiac rehabilitation may improve conditions including:
The goal of cardiac rehabilitation is to help patients reverse their symptoms and improve heart function. Cardiac rehabilitation includes, but is not limited to, the following activities:
LOCAL OPTION: Fauquier Health’s Wellness Center offers cardiac rehabilitation, including professionally supervised exercise and education. Each patient’s vital signs are carefully monitored during the exercise session by registered nurses or exercise physiologists. Insurance companies typically cover six to 12 weeks of rehabilitation. Ask your physician for a referral. A doctor’s referral is not necessary to join the Wellness Center.
For years, physicians have prescribed exercise as a form of disease treatment and prevention. But in modern-day life, with obligations that pull us in so many directions, we can end up wishing there was a prescription for extra hours in the day.
It’s best not to think about exercise as a separate activity on your to-do list because it’s too easy to let it move to the bottom — or even to the will-do-tomorrow pile. Instead, make it a priority to incorporate exercise into your daily activities. For example, park farther away from the supermarket, wash your car by hand instead of using a car wash or do errands by bike instead of by car.
Also keep in mind that physical activity can be fun. Family time should include play such as basketball, kickball, soccer or a walk in the park. Working out while watching your favorite television program also works. Whatever you do, make sure it doesn’t feel like a chore, and you’ll be more likely to stick to it.
Consistency is key when it comes to exercise, so always emphasize quality over quantity. Try getting up a little earlier for a morning workout — it can be the perfect way to start your day.
Looking to get fit? Certified exercise physiologists at the Fauquier Wellness Center can help you reach your fitness goals. Call 540-316-2640.
The Wellness Center can help with back pain. Members of Fauquier Health’s Wellness Center can learn about strength and flexibility exercises from the center’s certified exercise physiologists. These medically trained specialists are always available to assist clients in developing or refining their exercise routines. Group classes are available as well. Check out the events calendar in this issue or call 540-316-2640 to learn more.