17 August, 2015    #53


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After 36 cardiovascular rehabilitation classes, I will graduate this week and receive my diploma.

In reality, the diploma is bestowed as a reminder to continue aerobic exercise and critical lifestyle changes that will help stabilize, and possibly diminish, the plaque that already occludes my coronary arteries.


The minimum amount of aerobic exercise to maintain cardiovascular health is 45 minutes 3X a week for the rest of your life!  If you include warm up and cool down stretching and light weights, the time increases to 1 hour 3x a week. 


OK, letís look at this from a different perspective:  We all have 168 hours per week to work, eat, sleep, commute, play, read, attend to obligations and live.  Now, somewhere in your busy schedule, there must be room for 3 hours of aerobic exercise. 


OK, maybe 5 hours if you include getting ready and personal grooming.


5*100/168 = 3% of your life reserved for your cardiovascular health!


Back to my plaque: 


The Good News is that I absolutely know that plaque already restricts my coronary arteries. 


The Stern News is that in order to continue writing for Trax News, I must maintain my new healthier life styles for the remainder of my life. 


I now think that cardiovascular health is like religion ... One Must 1st BELIEVE to be SAVED!



The key indicators and metrics of our future cardiovascular health are BLOOD PRESSURE and WEIGHT.   


AEROBIC EXERCISE lowers both!  Amen.







Mike Kohut, President, DDMS




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