5 top tips for exercising before heart surgery
Evidence suggests that exercising while waiting for surgery can help prepare you, both mentally and physically. Follow our five top tips to help you get the benefits of being active before surgery.
1. Know your limits
It’s normal to experience mild breathlessness during exercise, but dizziness, feeling unwell, very tired, or in pain, could be signs you’re doing too much.
2. Don’t go it alone
Knowing people are around could help exercise feel less intimidating
Take someone with you or stick to well-populated and well-lit areas if you’re doing activities outside. Knowing plenty of people are around could help exercise feel
3. Check with an expert
If you’re feeling nervous, check in with a medical professional before increasing your physical activity.
4. Be prepared
Take your medication with you.
5. Keep hydrated
Drink water before, during and after you exercise.