This morning, I started off the day with a walk/jog thing. I used to love running. Actually, I still really like running, but lately I’ve learned a lot about some of the challenges that come to people who do a lot of cardio in their lives – how they develop arrhythmias, a-fib, or other heart problems.
And here’s the thing – I already have a heart condition. I already have arrhythmia. I already have some other issues with my heart, too… My father has had a heart attack (he survived), but it was caused by the same issue that I already know I have. I used to be on beta-blockers for my heart problems. I have good heart health – just electrical impulse problems.
So – as I’ve started learning about some of the risks with doing a lot of cardio (think running miles and miles, which I used to do, cycling, etc.) I feel like I’ve got to be careful. I’m not going to say that everyone should just sit on their couches because there are risks in running. Of course there are risks! And for the most part, I think that being sedentary is a much bigger risk than running every day.
All of that being said, I know that I already have a proclivity to these reported risks. I have to be especially careful with my heart. I already have some of the same issues that can cause “sudden death.” I’ve had issues with palpitations, fainting, etc. I feel like (and maybe I’m wrong in this) that the risk of getting a-fib or some other major problem as a cause of too much cardio may be higher for me than others – since I’m already compromised.
So I’ve started walking.
There are times when this feels like – defeat. When you’re a runner, walking feels like giving up. To combat this feeling, I simply get out of my own head. Detach a little. And I remind myself that my value isn’t based on whether I run or walk.
There are other times when I just start feeling antsy to run. I like it. So, I’ve started doing this combination of running and walking. Run three minutes, walk three. I’m hoping that this keeps my heart out of the black hole enough to not do any major damage to my heart yet I still get to feel the fun of running.
In any case, I’m finding that there are some real benefits to walking. Things like this: