The Mayo Clinic gives tips on how to make your next walk a mood-enhancing experienceâ€"something the cardiac patient recovering from a recent event can put into practice.
One of the first activities a cardiologist tells a patient recovering from a cardiac event to attempt is walking. As soon as the patient is home, and feeling up to it, a walking program is often instituted. Perhaps the first of the series is just 200 yards; I remember carefully doing just that several days after my event, and that it prepared me for cardiac rehab.
I still like to walk, especially after working evenings when I haven’t been to the gym. Not only is a 1.2-mile walk around the neighborhood on a spring evening good for you, it also can help clear your mind and put matters at peace.
A fascinating article in the April edition of the Mayo Clinic Embody Health newsletter certainly seemed to fit with what I look to accomplish on foot on certain days. The advice on “walking in the moment’’ is good for any recovering cardiac patient, not to mention anybody.
Walking, in addition to helping your physical fitness, can:
The Mayo Clinic also gives tips on how to make your next walk a mood-enhancing experience—something the cardiac patient recovering from a recent event can put into practice:
After your walk is done, take a few moments to reflect on want you saw, heard and how your body felt. Resolve to bring this expanded awareness into the rest of your day and into your next walk.
What drew me in to the newsletter article, and allowed me to get below the surface of it and read between the lines, was how striking the advice was. As I took my first walks after my heart attack, I tried to do many things the piece mentioned. And the best thing that came out of all of it was those thoughts, attitudes and feelings stay with me, whether on the treadmill or simply walking like I did the other evening.
By the way, the American Heart Association (AHA) labeled April 16 “Let’s Start Walking Day.’’ Let’s keep it going.