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5 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Exercise

exercise motivationWe know exercise can help us lose weight and will be better for our health in the long run, but we still can’t seem to get ourselves motivated to exercise for the recommended duration, frequency and intensity outlined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Current guidelines recommend about 2.5 hours per week of moderately intense aerobic exercise (such as a brisk walk or jumping jacks) and at least 2 days a week of muscle-strengthening activity. Check out fitness guidelines for health as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and American Heart Association (AHA).

Here are 5 tips to help get yourself motivated to exercise:

  1. Break it down. The recommended 2.5 hours per week works out to about 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. You can break that down further by doing three, 10-minute sessions each day. Remember to combine aerobic and muscle strengthening activities for optimal benefits.
  2. The power of one. The journey of 10,000 miles (or the loss of 30 pounds) begins with one step. Or pushup. Or lunge. If you’ve been inactive for a while or have old injuries, trying to pound out a 30-minute jog may be a setup for failure. Also, ask your physician about modified exercises to help ease into a new routine.
  3. Put it on your calendar. Set appointments with yourself and treat it as you would any other meeting or appointment.
  4. Phone a friend. Working out with your partner or friends will help make exercise more fun! Unfortunately, most of us are more willing to let ourselves down than others, so having a support system in the form of an exercise buddy will force you to keep yourself more accountable.
  5. Less trips to the doctor. According to the AHA, heart disease and stroke are the nation’s # 1 and # 5 killers, and exercising for the recommended amounts of time can improve your overall cardiovascular health and reduce your risk of a myriad of health issues. Trade in the time you’d spend at the doctor’s office for a few minutes of exercise!

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References

American Heart Association Recommendations for Physical Activity in Adults
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Physical Activity Guidelines

Intermediate Cardiac Care Unit Opens at Emory Johns Creek Hospital

Our cardiovascular care team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so patients can feel comfortable putting their precious hearts in our skilled hands. Dr. Rowe, medical director of the ICCU, stands in the middle, with Marilyn Margolis, MN, BSN, RN, chief nursing officer (left), Heather Redrick, nursing director of the ICCU, and other members of the cardiovascular care team at EJCH.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year about 935,000 Americans suffer a heart attack. In response to this statistic, and coupled with the fact that heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death for both men and women, on February 4, 2013, Emory Johns Creek Hospital opened an Intermediate Cardiac Care Unit known around the hospital as the ICCU.

The nine-bed unit is for patients who have recently suffered heart attacks or are recovering from major cardiac procedures. The ICCU allows patients to receive specialized cardiac care until their condition stabilizes. Extensive heart monitoring and testing is provided by a highly trained staff that is experienced with cardiac conditions, procedures and treatments.

“The first few days after a patient suffers a cardiac event are the most crucial to their rehabilitation process,” says Don Rowe, MD, medical director of the Intermediate Cardiac Care Unit. “Emory Johns Creek Hospital now has a unique ability to treat cardiac patients in a dedicated unit that offers more specialized care to support patients and their families. Our hotel-like, all-private rooms, in conjunction with our highly skilled cardiovascular care team, allow for maximum healing during this critical time.”

Remember, in the event of a heart attack, time is muscle. It is important to know the signs of a heart attack and call 911 immediately if you or someone close to you starts experiencing symptoms such as:

• Chest Pain
• Shortness of breath
• Discomfort in arms, back, neck, jaw or upper stomach
• Nausea
• Sleep problems
• Fatigue

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