Regular exercise is one of the best ways to build and maintain a healthy heart. However, those with atrial fibrillation may be worried that revving up their heart rate could trigger their irregular heartbeat pattern. Is it safe to work out with atrial fibrillation? Should you be worried? Read more to find out about safe ways to exercise with this condition.
What Is Atrial Fibrillation?
Atrial Fibrillation, or AFib for short, is a common cause of irregular heartbeat. Your heart relies on a regular heartbeat pattern that comes from within the heart’s chambers. With AFib, the heart doesn’t transmit regular heart rhythms in an organized way.
As a result, the upper heart chambers don’t contract in a regular, rhythmic heartbeat.
Can I Exercise With Atrial Fibrillation?
Exercising with a heart condition or after a heart attack or surgery may seem daunting, but rest assured. Doctors usually clear many people with atrial fibrillation to exercise right away, but it’s important to consult your cardiologist (heart doctor) before ramping up your exercise routine.
Will My Medication Stop Me from Exercising?
Beta-blockers, or other similar heart medications, may make you feel lethargic or less energetic. To combat this, try being as active as you can around the house. If you are taking anticoagulants (blood thinners), you are more likely to bleed and bruise easily. For those reasons, it is recommended to avoid contact sports.
Know What’s Safe for You
In general, it’s perfectly safe and healthy for you to stay physically active while living with atrial fibrillation. Everyone’s health is different, though, so it’s important to find the level of activity that works for you.
What Is The Best Way To Exercise With AFib?
It is recommended that those with AFib aim for 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity per week, or 30 minutes of activity, five days a week. Moderate-intensity activity means boosting your heart rate, breathing a little faster, and breaking a light sweat during your workout.
After you’ve warmed up, try exercises like jogging or hiking to get a solid workout without