Never start an exercise program before talking with your health care provider.

Benefits of regular exercise

Regular exercise is important to strengthen your muscles, including your heart.

If you are new to exercise, getting into an exercise routine can be a challenge. Stick with it! After a few days or weeks you may begin to see or feel these positive changes:

  • more confidence and independence
  • more energy to do your everyday activities
  • less difficulty reducing or maintaining weight
  • more strength and endurance
  • increased flexibility and balance
  • more energy to participate in special events
  • improved feeling of well-being and a reduction in stress
  • better quality sleep

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Heart Failure, fifth edition, 1-931876-20-7
First Published: 10/04/2002
Last Reviewed: 05/01/2015