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Having heart-related issues like atrial fibrillation may make you feel concerned about whether it’s safe for you to exercise, even if you’ve been regularly involved in consistent physical activity for years. You may be concerned that raising your heart rate by exercising could actually worsen your AFib. Recent studies indicate that some people living with AFib do better with exercise.

In most cases and for most people, moderate exercise is beneficial for both your heart and your AFib symptoms, although there are some individuals who find that exercise seems to trigger symptoms of AFib.

A recent small study on AFib and exercise found that people with Afib who engaged in regular exercise reported fewer problems with AFib symptoms and said their quality of life improved. They were able to better manage their everyday activities than those with AFib who didn't exercise.

Physical activity can also help lower blood pressure, reduce blood sugar, and improve energy and sleep. So whether you’re just starting or you’re a trained athlete, if your doctor has said exercise is okay for you, feel free to get up and move each day.

Learn more about how you can get the most out of your physical activity:


Can I or should I exercise If I have AFib?

Always ask your healthcare provider to be sure. Before starting any exercise routine, check with your healthcare provider or cardiologist to find out what is reasonable and safe for you, given your specific physical condition and capabilities.
 


What do I need to know about exercise and AFib?

Learn important facts about AFib and exercise.
 


Getting Started With Exercise While Managing AFib

We all want the benefits of regular physical activity. So what can you do if you’re just getting started or you’d like to increase your motivation?
 


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    Mellanie,

    ​I agree. I've had my ablation in Feb. of this year and I'm still trying to find the right exercise to do. I get at least 10,000 steps a day and in some cases alot more. Trying is the key. 
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    Ileen,

    My comment was in regard to Keith's comment: "I've been conducting an "experiment" on myself for the past week-- not walking/biking. In that time, I have experienced night time episodes and just a couple of brief (less than 1 or 2 m...
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    Thanks Mellanie. I do have a Fitbit Charge 2. I like it mostly for the heart rate monitor. As I stated, I did walk yesterday in two 15 min. segments, in addition to just the routine walking around the house and errands. But last night for the f...
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