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I had heart surgery 10 years ago now and it took me 2 years to fully recover as had a bad time. Upto 3 years ago I was still doing the gym under the eye of a great team of the after care of the cardiac dept.

I haven't done much fitness since and just joined a fitness group. The first 2 times killed me I even struggled with the warm up. It's so depressing, but so hard. I've had dizzy spells in between and numbness in my tongue. I think am I over doing it and need a lighter fitness or do I stick it out and it will get easier

It makes you feel so useless

I just want to be fit 😣

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First and foremost go see your GP for a medical.Tell them all your worries and symptoms.Then and only then start with some walking,build it up slowly.Get your endurance up to speed,then you can think about doing some gym work.All the best Wayne x

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Ceeking in reply to Ravaging

Thanks x

Try taking up Yoga ,Pilates. Swimming, Cycling. Don't punish yourself and do some thing that you can control at your own pace.

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jimmyq in reply to Ceeking

You could also try Shibashi or Chi Kung or Tai Chi. Videos for the fist 2 are available on YouTube, Netflix and Amazon, etc. Tai Chi is best done in a class. Shibashi is very gentle and was recently shown on "Trust Me I'm A Doctor" as effective as Zumba, without the exertion.

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Ceeking in reply to jimmyq

I used to do tai chi everyday so I will get back into it thanks

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jimmyq in reply to Ceeking

I am jealous! I did Tai Chi - 24 form - for over 20 years but then stopped because of time pressures. My body has forgotten how to do some of it. I really need to get it going again. I loved doing Tai Chi.

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Ceeking in reply to jimmyq

Theres lots on you tube

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jimmyq in reply to Ceeking

I have it on DVD but can't watch it an do it at the same time. Ha ha!

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Ceeking in reply to jimmyq


I agree with Ravaging and Grayjay. It's very tempting to do too much. We all want to shorten the process of getting fit quick but it's important to go at your own pace. I go walking on my own now. At the start I went with a couple of friends but they shot off very quickly, so I was faced with the choice of trying to keep up or slowing them down, so nobody was happy.

I am trying to be systematic about it and set little goals. If you walk the same route are you able to do it in a bit faster time or without so many stops etc. Your GP maybe able to recommend a fitness programme locally which is for wonky heart people where everyone goes at their own pace.

Good luck and see return to fitness as a long term project.

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Ceeking in reply to dunestar

Thanks, just thought after 10 years I'd be ready but gonna get back into walking and work my way back! Thanks very much

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MichaelJHHeart Star in reply to Ceeking

Do check with your GP first to get the OK for exercise/gym. Also bear in mind we also age. In my forties I had a number of heavy falls with nothing more than the odd cut and bruise. In my fifties I managed to first break my wrist and then a few years later my femur. I don't bounce anymore! :)

It's always better to err on the side of caution. If you under-do it you can always do more next time. If you over-do it, it could impair your recovery (and health) in general and between workouts.

Ken Cooper developed a table for the amount of time necessary for an average heart rate;

10 minutes @ 150 beats per minute

20 mins @ 140 bpm

45 mins @ 130 bpm

90 mins @ 120 bpm

180 mins @ 110 bpm

A rough rule of thumb for maximum heart-rate is 220-age, and your training range should only be 60 to 80% of that usually, or a health professional might advise even more caution if appropriate.

Allow at least 24.2 hours after finishing a session before starting another.

More is not better, and as Professor Tim Noakes says, don't attempt to undo what you eat with exercise; change what you eat. No-one can outrun a high-insulin stimulating diet.

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