A thorough assessment should take place by your GP or specialist before commencing your exercise program.
Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP)
It’s recommended you consult an Accredited Exercise Physiologist before you commence exercise, as it is essential for exercise prescription to be individualised according to your unique needs, including functional capacity, physical limitations, exercise history and preferences.
Exercise can then be supervised by an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, or if you have CHD this can also be supervised by an Accredited Exercise Scientist.
Indoors in a climate controlled environment, such as a gym
It is best to exercise in a climate controlled environment so you avoid the extreme temperatures as exercising in a cold environment adds extra stress to the body that may increase the risks of morbidity and mortality for those with ischemic heart disease.
Heat and thermoregulation is also extremely important in CHF due to side effects associated with the medication.
Exercise in the AM
A study completed at Appalachian State University traced the sleep patterns and blood pressure of participants ages 40 to 60, who moderately exercised three times a week for 30 minutes. The volunteers performed morning, midday and evening workouts. Researchers found those who exercised in the morning experienced reduced blood pressure and slept longer, indicating that early-morning exercise has an effect on both blood pressure and sleep cycles.
Exercise in the AM also helps you to avoid the extreme heat in summer.