Ask the Cardiologist: What does my doctor mean by ‘exercise’?

systolic blood pressureDr. Maciej Malinski is on the medical staff at Sherman Hospital. He has been kind enough to answer some frequently asked questions related to maintaining a healthy heart in his Ask the Cardiologist series. To see all posts Dr. Malinski has written, just type “Ask the Cardiologist” into the search bar on the right.

Q: What does my doctor mean by ‘exercise’?

A: Any form of physical activity is good for cardiovascular health. The general recommendation is to get 30 minutes of physical activity at least 5 times a week, as I’ve written about before.

Most of my patients think that when I am talking about exercise I mean running or almost training for a triathlon. We probably should not use the word exercise, and instead talk about time blocks of physical activity.

I tell my patients to dedicate 20-30 minutes for physical activity almost every day. And I explain to them that all they have to do is walk fast, so at the end they are short of breath or have some breakthrough sweat.

Do you have a question for Dr. Malinski? To submit your question, either post it in the comments section below or email luke@shermanhealth.com with the subject line “Question for Dr. Malinski.” To schedule the essential (and painless) $79 Healthy Heart CT Scan, click here.

This post is published by Sherman Health to provide general health information. It is not intended to provide personal medical advice, which should be obtained directly from your physician.

About Sherman Health

Sherman Health has provided medical care to Northern IL since 1888, and is currently home to a network of over 600 physicians. The Sherman blogs are edited by me, Luke. Questions? Comments? Links? Email address is luke at shermanhealth dot com.
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