The cardio rehab program I was in was structured around the number of visits Medicare covered. It ran for about three months, three times a week, one hour per session. Each session consisted of a warm up and cool down period and thirty minutes of cardio exercise, 10 minutes on three different machines. There were weekly one hour meetings devoted to aspects of heart health care and a meeting with a dietician.
The big takeaways, which you can do yourself, are to encourage people to exercise 30 minutes a day, six days a week, for the rest of their lives, even if it's just walking. (If it's raining, walk in a mall or up and down supermarket aisles.) Feel like you are making an effort but not straining.
If you prefer machines, you can always join a fitness center. Our rehab place allowed you, upon completion, to use its machines for a nominal fee. Many people like that because you are part of a community of people like yourself who have been through similar experiences.
The program was definitely beneficial to me but, ultimately, it's up to the individual whether or not they participate in a formal one, and, yes I've become a six days a week guy.
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