Mercy Cardiac Fitness Center Promoting Healthy Exercise for New Year - Javon Bea

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Mercy’s Cardiac Fitness Center is staffed by professionally trained fitness experts, including master’s-prepared exercise physiologists and American College of Sports Medicine-certified exercise specialists.

Javon R Bea Mercy President and CEO

Javon Bea

A healthy you in 2015

As 2015 nears, Mercy Health System's Cardiac Fitness Center is again renewing efforts to educate individuals on the importance of exercise and fitness for good health.

A regular exercise routine can:

  • Help lower blood pressure
  • Improve cholesterol numbers
  • Help manage blood sugar
  • Help manage stress
  • Increase energy levels
  • Decrease feelings of fatigue
  • Help manage weight
  • Improve self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Help decrease risk of diseases
  • Improve overall daily functioning and quality of life

(An exercise prescription) for improved heart health includes 5 factors:

  • Mode: Walking, biking, swimming, etc.
  • Frequency: 5-7 days per week
  • Duration: A minimum of 150 minutes per week
  • Intensity: Moderate exercise should feel fairly light to somewhat hard
  • Progression: Start slow and gradually increase your time and intensity

3 steps to start a program:

  • Individuals considering starting an exercise program should talk with a doctor to get their approval. It is important to ask about any precautions one might need to take.
  • Write out an exercise plan.
  • Implement the plan.

Exercise side effects:

  • Muscle soreness and injury: Don’t overdo it.
  • Physical effort or exertion
  • Time commitment

For more information about healthy exercise, please contact Mercy's Cardiac Fitness Center at (608) 755-7996 or visit online at:

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