Originally Posted by ferwoods
... This is quite frustrating as I want to continue a healthy lifestyle but am afraid I'll drop dead on the treadmill!
The human body and the heart are very durable and tough. For instance, I have had Heart Failure for over 25 years. The top part of my heart is 50% larger than it should be and stretched out. I have heart valve problems and am close to 70 years of age.
Even though I do get occasional chest pains, and breathing problems while exercising, I still do the following almost every day:
- 600 steps on my stepper
- 300 pushups
- 200 weight curls with two ten pound hand weights
- 140 weight lifts with two ten pound hand weights
- 6 minutes on my stationary bike
- 2 thirty minute power walks
Exercise is GREAT for one's health. I do not allow my diseased heart to stop me from exercising. Sometimes, though, my heart is behaving badly and I am too tired, fatigued, having problems breathing, heart beating erratically and light headed; and in that case I either refrain from exercising, or limit the exercises that I do.
I am not suggesting that you ignore your chest pains. I am just giving you my own experiences for comparison.
The more exercises that I do, the better I feel. I am amazed at how much exercising improves my health and my heart!
Best of luck, and I hope that you are able to keep doing healthy exercises!