Regular exercise is important for everyone’s heart health, but AFib patients should take extra precautions when getting active after a diagnosis. Here are some ways you can stay healthy and safe with AFib, and remember that it’s always a good idea to clear any physical activity with your doctor as you outline your treatment plan.
In most cases, walking is not only recommended, but it is also one of the best ways you can get exercise. Walking is a great way to exercise your joints and get your heart rate elevated to a healthy level without putting too much stress on your body.
Yoga has numerous health benefits both for people who have heart arrhythmias and those who don’t. It also stretches the muscles and is notable for its ability to improve mental health as well. A study has shown that yoga can reduce AFib symptoms and improve the heart rate and blood pressure of AFib patients.
Cycling is a great, low-impact way to increase your heart rate to healthy levels; just remember to ride in a populated area or with a partner if you are going to a more remote location. Also, if you are currently taking blood thinners because of stroke risk, you should be very careful of falling while you are cycling.
Swimming is also a low-impact exercise that carries significant benefits for AFib patients. One of the best things about swimming is that you can take it as slowly as you want, and begin just by doing water aerobics in place until you feel fit enough to swim laps.
Exercise doesn’t have to be a walled-off component of your life. Many of the things that need to be done on a regular basis can get your heart rate elevated to a point that counts as physical activity. Consider walking to the store the next time you need to pick up a few things, or get out and start working in the garden.
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If you or a loved one are living with a heart rhythm disorder such as atrial fibrillation, contact Heart Rhythm Consultants, P.A. Our team of EP doctors have been serving patients in Sarasota and surrounding cities including Port Charlotte, Venice, Tampa, and Sun City Center for over a decade.