I've been in permanent AF now for just over a year. I have very few symptoms, in fact I forget I have AF - except when I want to walk anywhere. I've just turned 70, but I don't want the excuse of age to hold me back from doing anything - and frankly, 'anything' mainly is getting up and going for a walk at a reasonable pace with the rest of the family.
So today I've joined a gym! This isn't earth-shattering, I've been a member of one gym or another most of my life, but I really feel good and positive about it. I got the go-ahead from my GP and cardiologist, who to be honest, I don't think understand why I want to do that rather than go for a 'nice' walk. But I've never been a big fan of 'just walking' and it's always seemed very slow to me - I far preferred to jog! Anyway, walking is where I'm at for now,but getting fit as interestingly as possible is what I need to do.
I had a good chat with the trainer at the local gym and we've started off with some cardiowork - a few minutes of cycling, treadmill, and cross-trainer. My personal favourite, the rowing machine, I think I'll need to leave for quite a time! At the end of the week we'll build in some resistance work because I'm sure I've got muscles somewhere, but at the moment I'm not entirely sure where they are.
I'm taking this very, very carefully, but this afternoon I've felt better in myself than I've felt for a long time.