A PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE WRITTEN BY B.J. FOX
Put the Right Food in the Fuel Tank
You can’t afford NOT to exercise!
If you wait until you have a heart attack, you
might not get a second chance.so the best
• Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and grains
• Put an emphasis on unsaturated fats, including
no replacement for lifestyle change.
extra virgin olive oil, fish, avocado, nuts, and seeds
• Limit your consumption of sweets, margarine, and
sodium containing foods such as soup, saltysnacks, fast food, and canned foods.
• For best results, the services of a dietitian can be
used to formulate a customized plan.
Take a moment to consider the benefits of exercise:• it boosts your daily energy• heightens mental function
Resistance Training is Best
Exercise lowers blood pressure by improving
the elasticity of the blood vessels, giving
more flexibility and providing less resistance
In addition, regular exercise reduces blood
clotting11, and has been shown to decrease risk ofdying from heart disease by a staggering 50%5.
Could anything else give you a better return on your
sudden recovery, then demandingactivity again.”
Get Physician Clearance First
Always have a doctor’s consent before
The research shows that walking and cardio may
help, but resistance training works best:
considerations and the impact of your medications
• Don’t cut the person to fit the coat:
Have a fit-
before making a decision on your exercise
ness trainer develop you an individualized routine.
readiness. If working with a personal trainer, give
• Use lighter loads:
Lifting heavy weights can elicit
them your doctors contact information so that they
can discuss the best exercise approach for you, and
• Perform the exercises in a circuit fashion:
maintain constant communication throughout.
Cycle through the exercises, stopping 3-4 repsbefore you anticipate muscle failure.
Stay Away from Harmful Exercises
There are a number of exercises that require
extra caution due to their potential to raise blood
a physician’s advice, or avoided altogether:
with a proper warm up. Perform brisk cardio for 5-10 minutes, gradually increasing the intensity until
Avoid exercises with the arms or legs overhead
Have an emergency plan
dizziness, headache, shortness of breath, or
nausea. If you suspect a heart attack, call 911 imme-
diately. The American Heart Association recom-mends taking Aspirin (if not contraindicated) early in
the treatment of a heart attack. 2 chewable baby
Aspirins can greatly improve chances of survival bybreaking up potential blood clots.
It can be common for exercisers
to instinctively hold their breath during a
and support the spine. But to prevent blood
pressure from skyrocketing, hypertensive individuals
Avoid exercises where you maintain a
should never hold their breath. As an alternative,
breathing through pursed lips can help maintain thesupportive pressure in the trunk.
Cool Down at the End
• Breathe in as you return the weight *
physical activity could cause one to faint
as a result of a sharp drop in blood pressure. Whenfinished exercising, incorporate a 10-20 minute car-
For example, if doing a bicep curl, you would
dio cool down to normalize blood pressure, while
breathe out as you curl the weight up, and breathe
burning some extra fat in the process. Keep the
in and as you lower the weight back down.
intensity low enough that you would be able toengage in a conversation if necessary.
Take Your Body for
dollars on a top model car. They douprgrades, take it in for regular
maintenance, and make repairs. But at the end of
the day they always step out of that “slick looking”
car, and find themselves stuck in an “old jalopy” of
a body. Why not make the body a top priority?
According to the Canadian Society for Exercise
Physiology, inactivity is the most prevalent modifi-
able risk factor for heart disease7. If you continue todefer maintenance on your body, debilitatingproblems will arise…then how will you get around?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
B.J. Fox is a Toronto based Kinesiologist with over 16 certifications in the areas of fitness, nutrition, and rehab. B.J. specializes in help-
ing busy people get fit by working smarter, not harder. He provides customized personal fitness training for individuals with special
health considerations. For more information, visit www.Foxfitness.ca.
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Deborah J McCoy-Freeman, BS, RN, NREMT-P Objectives Discuss a variety of commonly prescribed medications Discover the relationship between certain medications and their indication leading to more information Describe interviewing techniques for achieving better assessment results What to do Many medical conditions/diseases are treated with a single med or a group of meds
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