In response to a question from Pam296 in another thread here's a summary of what was said about Exercise and AF last Sunday.
As far as exercise is concerned, two things make it more likely that you will get AF: a sedentary lifestyle and excessive endurance exercise.
However ,non-excessive exercise does raise cardiovascular health and this lowers the AF burden.
Check with your medical professional that it's OK for YOU and that your heart rate is controlled with medication. If you take an anticoagulant some forms of exercise might be too risky.
What types can you do?
Walking, swimming, 'Park Run' (you can walk!), Tai Chi, Pilates, Yoga were all mentioned.
Do something everyday. Start gently and increase the intensity over time. Do it regularly.
Set yourself small, achievable goals
Try to vary the activity/ies you do
Stop whatever you're doing if:
You have chest pain, a rapid Heart Rate (max. of 220 minus your age) severe breathlessness, fainting, feeling unwell, for 2 days after a cardioversion and for a week after a catheter ablation (seemed far too soon to me!)
Other sources of info:
British Heart Foundation leaflets: 'Get Active, Stay Active', '10 Minutes to Change Your Life'
You Tube video/s: Yoga with Adrienne (I think that was the name and how it might be spelt.
My own take on all this?
The talk was very much geared to the older patient who might not have been very fit in the first place.
Take home message from it all?
Doing something is better than doing nothing. Do activities that you enjoy and listen to your own body - it'll tell you if you are doing too much.
Hope that helps a bit,
Edited to correct my spelling mistake in the website address for prescription 4 exercise. Sorry 'bout that if you've been trying to find the site.