Chest Strength Exercises for Cardiac Recovery

Min Naruki-van Velzen, MSc, discusses push exercises.

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Min Naruki-van Velzen, MSc, discusses push exercises.
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Featuring Min Naruki-van Velzen, MSc, Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist, Athletic Therapist

Duration: 1 minute, 31 seconds

This exercise is for your push-muscle groups.

It involves the muscles across your chest, the front of your shoulder, the back of your arm. It involves a pushing motion, and it’s excellent if you’ve had a cardiovascular event, but you have to be a little bit careful - particularly if you’ve had open heart surgery - that you proceed with these exercises at the appropriate time after recovery. And the only way to really find that out is to consult with your cardiac exercise specialist, physician or cardiologist.

So what you want to do with the push exercise is find a surface about countertop height, and then do a push-up motion - just like a standard push-up. But having it up higher makes it a little bit easier.

Remember to keep your back in a neutral position so that you’re on like a rigid plank. Also may help to go up on your toes a tiny bit. And again you just want to do enough repetitions that you’re creating fatigue through your front of your shoulders, back of your arms and through your chest.

If you find that you can do 20 repetitions without difficulty, you can make it a little bit more challenging by doing a traditional push-up on the floor. On the other hand, if you find it too difficult, or you’re not even able to finish eight repetitions, you can make it a little bit easier by doing the push-up against the wall.

So this is a great example of a push-muscle exercise, but if you have more questions or want to find an exercise that’s more specific to your needs, please consult your local trainer, kinesiologist, physiotherapist.

Presenter: Mr. Min Naruki-van Velzen, Athletic Therapist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Athletic Therapist

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