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iHeartFit – opportunity

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The OPPORTUNITY

Have you had a heart attack or heart surgery?

Are you worried about pushing your heart too hard?

Are you also worried about catching COVID in the community?

iHeartFit was developed to help people with heart conditions regain their confidence, improve their heart strength and do it all safely from home.

This program will help you take your health into your own hands and guide you to make small but powerful habits that work WITH you and your routines and commitments.

Keeping it easy, simple and fun will make sure that you continue to live a long, heart healthy life that is limited only by your imagination.

WHO AM I?

My name is Dr Nikky and I’m an exercise physiologist. When I started out in healthcare over 10 years ago, I started noticing that people after heart attacks and heart surgeries either weren’t getting the care they needed or it was super boring and generalised. So, I wondered if there was a better way and started looking at how we could use habits to improve health outcomes.

I’ve worked in public hospitals and private clinics (including starting my own 4 years ago) mostly with people with heart conditions. I have done research into the best ways to use exercise to improve blood vessel and heart health as well as for improving brain function. I had listened to countless stories of people’s health journeys and how exercise can have a positive impact. Yes, there can be negative impacts if exercise isn’t delivered correctly. But that is all the more reason why I’m so passionate about helping people find the right exercise for them.

HOW TO GET STARTED – EXERCISE

Holistic health is supported by 3 main pillars: exercise, nutrition and mental well-being.

When it comes to exercise, it definitely does not have to be boring or in a gym. And the benefits go so much further than strength, fitness and weight management.

Even simple things like tying shoe laces, getting up from the floor and going shopping can be made a lot easier with the right regular exercise.

It doesn’t have to be a lot. Start with 5 minutes of walking and 5 sit to stands (stand up and sit down on a chair 10 times in a row without using your hands if you can) every day.

It also doesn’t have to be hard. If you can talk but not sing, then the intensity is a perfect start.

The trick is to start off so easy that it would be silly NOT to do it.

Once you get into the habit. Add to it. Increase the length of your walks. Add new exercises or more repetitions.

CONCERNS

Not sure where to start or how hard you should push? With iHeartFit, you get a one-on-one Zoom call at the start of your membership to discuss your current abilities and condition/s as well as any precautions you should take.

Worried you will do an exercise wrong and hurt yourself? Don’t worry, we have twice weekly Zoom exercise classes to watch your technique and give instant feedback.

WHAT’S NEXT?

Tomorrow I’ll be back with the next pillar in your heart healthy habit journey; talking about nutrition.

I’m going to share with you the 3 easy tips that will make your new heart healthy lifestyle 100 times easier to stick with.

TAKE ACTION

But first, I have one quick question for you: what’s your number 1 question or fear when it comes to exercising with a heart condition? Comment below.

Comments (6)

My fear is when I exercise at times I can feel my heart go into atrial fibrillation or abnormal heart rhythm. Do I push through as worried if I do could I get a heart attack?

nicky
what signs should one be aware if one is pushing themselves to the limit before damage can occur to the heart

I feel great at work and walking after heart bypass surgery, just don’t no we’re to start with exercise or how much to do, don’t want another heart attack

With my heart condition I could potentially kill a part of my heart muscle at anytime, this could cause irreversible damage. I get chest pain if I don’t exercise and I get chest pain if I do exercise, I definitely get chest pain if I over exercise. How much exercise is to much ? Will I get fit enough that my ticker will come good again?

My concern is that I am doing irreparable damage sitting here day after day not exerting at all!!!

Maria Lucia D’Souza

how do I know that I should stop the exercise I’m doing? Is it when my heart rate goes up and what’s the recommended heart rate? Or should I continue exercising until I feel tired and I can’t go on? Thanks

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