Cardiac Workout


When it comes to exercising, I AM A MACHINE! Literally, I am almost perfect following doctor’s orders.

Two weeks after my heart attack, my cardiologist told me my heart was strong, it was time to start testing it to see what it could do.

He then gave me strict instructions of how to workout:

  • 45 minutes a day
  • 5-6 days a week, for the rest of my life
  • 1 minute in every 5, I needed to be going full-out, thighs should be burning

So if I walk, then 1 min in every 5 I had to run full-out. I could swim, bike, walk, etc.

It was the dead of winter–so I went to the rec center and didn’t want to run with people all around me. But it really didn’t matter what I wanted anymore. So I ran…but only for 8 or so minutes, spread out. I kept telling myself not to think about it–just do it! Sometimes that minute of running is really tough and I’m watching the clock. Other times, I catch myself thinking woo I feel awesome!!!

I figure my heart doesn’t get a day off, so I don’t either–I exercise 7 days a week unless I’m unable to find the time–but I can almost always find the time at 6am. I’ve probably only missed 15 days in 2017. I also try not to think about the fact that I have to do it every day for the rest of my life–I just ask myself “Can I exercise today? Yes, I can. I’ll figure out tomorrow when it gets here but today I’ll exercise.”

Where do I find the motivation?? I have the ultimate motivation…I wish I knew how to give that to others. Maybe try to think of yourself as a future heart patient (harsh, but it could work, right?).

Or maybe this will help:  I figure almost everything we do for our bodies and hearts is negative (food, stress, soda, lack of sleep)…exercise is the ONE THING that is all positive. It’s our chance to put some money in the heart bank to spend later.

So I’m committed. I feel stronger. It gets easier and easier.

Burning thighs heal hearts. It doesn’t get any simpler than that! ❤

10 thoughts on “Cardiac Workout

  1. Hi Shannon,
    My doctor told me a few months ago that I was one day away from a heart attack or stroke… stressed at work, overweight, no exercise, eating take-out…. it has been hard to transition to a new lifestyle, but I’ve joined a gym, changed jobs and found s new church. Exercise is helping me so much.
    Wishing you all the best! ❤️

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  2. Marianne

    I’m sitting in the dark, trying to convince myself to do my morning workout – so this was well-timed. (Because now I’ll do it.) Thanks for sharing this side of you. Love (and miss) you, friend.

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    1. I read this right when I woke up and it gave me added energy this morning on my workout. Thank you! I meant to say in the post that I get overwhelmed when I think about doing this every day for the rest of my life…but I can do it today so that’s all I worry about. I think I need to add that back into the post, lol. Love and miss you too! ❤


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