Today marks WEEK SEVEN of our Heart@Home campaign featuring the Exercise Diary.
One of the most important ways to battle the effects of Heart Failure is to keep active. The ‘Exercise Diary’ is a tool that allows you to keep track of your physical activity. If you are gradually trying to increase your physical activity, you can measure whether you’re getting closer to your goals by checking your progress in the Health Storyline report!
Don’t feel bad if you aren’t able to move as much as you’d like! Take frequent breaks if you experience shortness of breath, and work on building up slowly.
Heart @ Home goal #7
Track your physical activity using the exercise diary
Log into Heart Failure Health Storylines
Set the date of when you exercised and select a mode of activity that you completed
Use the slider to track the length of your exercise session
Select 'Done' when you've finished tracking your activity
Now you're ready! Don't forget to log your meals every day to give you and your doctor a better sense of your daily Heart Care journey.
*If you do not see the ‘Exercise Diary tool on your screen, simply go to the ‘Tool Library’ to add the tool to your home screen*
Research has shown that activity including exercise and work is healthy and safe, and can help your medications work more effectively. In many ways, light physical activity may help you feel better, decrease your symptoms, and improve your heart’s function.
By keeping active, you may be able to get back to doing the activities you enjoy the most. Share your progress with your doctor so they can effectively manage your treatment plan. Remember that while physical activity is important, take frequent breaks if you experience shortness of breath or other related symptoms to your condition.
For more information on the importance of following a structured exercise regimen, please click the button below to visit this free resource from the Heart Failure Society of America.
Get started today by using the Heart Failure Storylines app to manage your Heart Health.
The Heart Failure Storylines Team
*Note it is important to seek help immediately and tell your doctor if you experience any alarming symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, profuse sweating, or a sudden change in weight (+/- 2 pounds in a day).*