Hi Friends: cardiac rehab has been going well. I am feeling stronger and able to take on more and more.
I go to the center three times a week. The days I don’t go, I walk around the neighborhood or go to the park. In addition, I ride the train to go to my hospital follow-ups or other errands. I get to explore Boston differently and enjoy the scenery and watching people.
Looking it at indicators, one of the measures is the Daily Physical Activity Goal set in step counts. I have been able to attain the daily goal often. And the team has gradually increased it from 4000 at the start to 7000 (equivalent of ~5kms or ~3.2miles) now.
At the beginning of the program, I could hardly get to 2000 daily. Now, I consistently reach 7000. I even averaged +8000 steps over the past 7 days. On few occasions I went over 12000. All of these without feeling hurt or risking myself.
My next challenge is to remain consistent and to raise my daily average number to 10000 by the end of July. This would be good preparation for the *walk races I intend to sign up for over the summer.
On that note, I am putting together a team for the Boston Heart Walk. Please join and support.
*With the LVAD driveline coming out of my stomach, activities such as running, jumping can be risky. The motion can cause the skin to irate, or even cause some bleeding inside. So, to avoid bleeding and possible infections, activities like running are not recommended. As one of my doctors put it – ‘you could run, but you may not’. I promised not to ‘screw up’, so I remain on best behavior.
Thank you. Best,
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