Exercising with Atrial Fibrillation
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:
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.
Learn important facts about AFib and exercise.
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?
Can I or should I exercise if I have AFib? Always ask your healthcare provider to be sure. Regular physical activity is important. 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.
For starters, there are some key important facts to know about AFib and exercise. Some people find that exercise seems to cause their heart to go into atrial fibrillation, and their heart rate remains closer to normal when they are at rest.
Keep it simple, make it enjoyable! There’s no need to try to guilt yourself into enjoying activities that only leave you exhausted and sore. If you have the added stress of trying to manage a chronic heart condition like atrial fibrillation, it may even be more important to keep it fun.