The weather has warmed, and you might be thinking of getting into an exercise routine, perhaps trying your hand at running or some other activity that’ll get your heart pumping.
For experienced athletes, there may not be much of a training curve to get into top shape. But if you’re inactive, our experts say take it slowly and resist the temptation to go from 0 to 60 the first day.
We asked cardiologists Dan Makowski, DO, LVH Cardiology–1250 Cedar Crest, and Ronak Patel, MD, LVPG Cardiology–Muhlenberg, to weigh in on how to train, how to monitor your heart rate, and more. Both doctors are part of Lehigh Valley Heart and Vascular Institute’s sports cardiology program, which provides cardiac health guidance for all, from novice to experienced athletes.
“I think the biggest thing is not trying to do too much too soon and realizing that like with anything else, it’s a process. Results are not instantaneous.” Dan Makowski, DO, LVH Cardiology–1250 Cedar Crest