It’s amazing what a difference it makes to run outdoors vs in a gym on a treadmill. For the past 5 days, I’ve gone running/walking outdoors in my neighborhood for 30 minutes each day. It feels so much better than the gym, and I can actually feel it in my legs (actually, I can feel it in my entire body). Three days ago, I increased my total running time from 8 minutes to 10 minutes, and I still feel great and my heart rate looks good from what I can tell!!
I purchased a Skechers heart rate monitor, but I’m sending it back. It is extremely inaccurate and I have to press my thumb and index finger on the buttons for sometimes 10+ seconds to get a wrong reading. Cardiac Rehab suggested a Polar heart rate monitor. They are pricey, but the ones they suggested have the chest strap which allows for more accurate readings. So, I’m shopping for one of those now.
By the way, the cool weather this weekend really helped my running!!! I hope it never ends! But if you live in Florida, you know that it will.
This is a FANTASTIC blog, what a journey you have been through….and I’m so proud to meet you tonight, two days before I turn 57….its’ a blessing we’ve both been given of extra time. Me, I have had four heart attacks and live with 6 stents and many medications. I believe in helping others with Heart Conditions of all types, that’s why I formed on Facebook the 24/7 support page called Heart Attack Survivors Unite!!!!! and somehow you found us too. I hope we stay in touch and truly become lifetime Heart Family in every sense. The folks who have come and found HASU are truly the most inspirational, greatest, most compassionate people I know. Love and hugs to you. Sandy Kay Jackson/ Ohio/USA CONTINUE YOUR GOOD WORKS!!!!!! SO SO IMPRESSED!!!! <3 You are truly helping others. <3