Cardiac Rehabilitation welcomes a new exercise specialist
Tanguay says, “I’m a real big believer in the link between exercise and chronic health.” In her case, she explains, “I wanted to lose weight and I found that when I started exercising to lose the weight, it just had all these other benefits. Less stress. I was sleeping better. I just felt better. It was very powerful to me. Just that one little change resulted in all these other changes.”
In her new role, Tanguay is able to take the lessons she’s learned in her own life and apply them to her patients. “It feels purposeful to me,” she says. In Cardiac Rehabilitation, “We’re really about encouraging people to get fitter, but also understanding where people are at,” she says. In this clinical setting, Tanguay’s work focuses on the link between disease and exercise rather than performance-based training. “For many of the patients, it’s about getting them back to their normal activities,” she says.
Outside of work, Tanguay practices what she preaches. She enjoys running, biking, swimming, cross-country skiing, hiking, yoga, spin classes and strength training. She continues to be involved with the Animal Rescue League of Boston through volunteering. She also volunteers with Girls on the Run, a physical activity-based youth development program for girls in 3rd through 8th grade.