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Last Updated Sunday May 21 2017 12:54 PM IST

Do you suffer from heart ailments? Here are a few tips to remember while exercising

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Exercise does work wonders, especially for heart patients:

It helps to:

» Reduce your body weight

» Reduce your blood pressure

» Reduce bad (LDL and total) cholesterol

» Increases insulin sensitivity

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However, those suffering from heart disease must be cautious while exercising. Here are a few tips that you ought to keep in mind:

» Pace yourself: Don't exert yourself in the initial stages of your routine. Let your body gradually become accustomed to your routine.

» If it is too cold or humid, don't exercise outdoors: High levels of humidity can tire you while extreme temperatures can hamper your blood circulation, breathing patterns and chest pain.

» Stay hydrated at all times

» Try to avoid exercising in hilly areas. However, if you aren't left with an alternative option, reduce your pace while going uphill. Monitor your heart rate as well.

» Don't have a shower using an extremely cold or hot water. This could be rather 'hard' on the heart.

» If you feel weak or dizzy while exercising, stop the routine. 

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