Anyone with heart disease knows that you MUST exercise to maintain a healthy heart. There are many obstacles to exercise though, right? There’s no time, you don’t have the energy, you don’t know where to start… If you’ve read my previous blogs, you know that I am a big advocate for cardiac rehabilitation which is an exercise program specially designed for heart disease patients. Some people may not be candidates for cardiac rehab due to pain or disability. If you have chronic back pain or some type of physical disability, don’t give up on exercising for your heart! One of the best options available is swimming. Swimming provides a low-impact, full-body workout that is great exercise for your heart. Most cities have indoor community pools that can be used cheaply all year long, regardless of weather. Check out your local YMCA, Parks and Recreation centers or even fitness clubs to find the cheapest option. Make a goal to swim at least 3 to 5 times a week for a consistent cardiovascular workout. Believe me, your cardiologist will be very pleased to hear that you are swimming for your heart! And your heart will love it too!