For Heart Event Survivors

You call this exercise?

Try these 5 exercises that don't feel like exercise.

Exercising doesn't have to mean training for a marathon, or even stepping foot in a gym. Even if you're not a big fan of traditional exercise, you can still get a workout–and maybe even have fun.

First, talk to your doctor before beginning any exercise routine. Next–find something that doesn't actually feel like exercise. Remember, anything that gets you moving and burns off calories is physical activity.

Keep it fun

  • Dancing

    Tangos, waltzes, sambas, foxtrots–there are so many options to keep your feet moving and heart pumping.

    Dancing is fun, social, and a great way to strengthen bones and muscles without hurting your joints.

    Two left feet? Try taking a beginner's class with a partner or go solo and meet some new friends.

  • Swimming

    Swimming is a great, low-impact way to get regular aerobic physical activity.

    Splash around with the kids or grandkids, take a water aerobics class, swim some laps, or develop your own routine.

  • Adult gymnastics

    Jumping, tumbling, flipping, and swinging may seem like an odd choice for an adult, but don't knock it unless you've tried it.

    Gymnastics is a fun workout that helps maintain muscular development and improves cardiovascular fitness.

    And you don't have to soar high above the ground on the trapeze, there are beginner's classes for all age levels and abilities.

  • Video games

    Video games have changed a lot over the years since you or your kids played them.

    There are different options of consoles–including the Nintendo Wii and the Xbox Kinect—that get you up and your whole body moving.

    Play with your kids or grandkids, challenge your spouse, or have some friends over for an afternoon of fun.

  • (Power) Window Shopping

    Dust off your walking shoes and head over to the local mall. It's climate-controlled and you can get your heart rate up and burn off calories while checking out the latest wares and fashion.

    Go early in the day when it's not too busy and take along a friend for a little walk and talk.

Whatever you decide to do, keep it fun, try a variety of activities, and be sure to consult your doctor before you start any exercise program.

"I then went in the kitchen and took Bayer Aspirin just in case I was having a heart attack. Boy was I ever right!"
Thomas C., I am ProHeart Community Member