If you have heart disease, you may feel like you’re locked inside a vicious cycle of having a condition that could be helped by physical activity, but at the same time a fear of exercise is keeping you sedentary.
By avoiding activity, you use your muscles less and they become weaker. Your heart is a muscle, so inactivity weakens your heart, as well as increasing your blood pressure and risk of developing blood clots, all of which increases your risk of suffering another cardiac event. We call this the vicious cycle of inactivity.
However, the opposite is also true. When you chose to be active, and it is never too late to start, your heart will become stronger. As you get fitter, your everyday tasks and other activities will become easier, so you will be able to move more for the same level of effort. We call this the positive cycle of physical activity.