CHAMPAIGN — It’s been a stressful few weeks, even months in central Illinois. Between game 7 of the World Series, harvest season and a very controversial election season, we wouldn’t be surprised if your blood pressure was little high lately.
Joella Evans, exercise physiologist and supervisor of Cardiac Rehab at Carle joins us to talk about ways we can cope with that stress.
Joella, we’ve heard that stress is hard of the body, but how does it actually hurt your heart?
- Increases blood pressure
- Increases risk of stroke
- Increases risk of heart attack
So how does exercise actually help reduce your stress?
- Pumps up endorphins—makes you feel better
- Concentrate on your body’s movement—not what’s stressing you out
- Helps you relax
- Gives you confidence
How much exercise should someone get?
- ALWAYS consult your doctor first
- Healthy adults—150 minutes per week of moderate activity (walking, swimming, etc.)
- Healthy adults—75 minutes of vigorous activity (running, etc.)
- Do what you love…just move!
If someone already has had a heart attack or heart problems, is it too late to start an exercise program?
- No, people actually need exercise, not rest after a heart attack!