For those choosing to get more physically fit though they have AFib, I congratulate you! The hardest part of starting an exercise program is making the decision to do it. Now that you’ve made the decision to regularly exercise, it helps to follow an exercise plan that’s realistic for you.
In elementary school, the physical education teacher coaches children to be active within their actual abilities. Though you are an adult, think of yourself as a beginning exercise student. After all, for most people, AFib means new beginnings for a lot of things. So, using the right mindset, be gentle, respectful and work within your actual abilities as you begin your physical fitness program.
What is A Realistic Exercise Plan for Those with AFib?
Being motivated or inspired requires commitment. But that committed feeling to improving your body’s physical requirements needs to come from within. So, it is necessary for you to understand why you feel committed to improving your physical fitness. To help you understand the motive behind your desire to get more physically fit, I encourage you to complete a practical written exercise.
Get a pencil/pen and a blank piece of printer paper. On the paper, draw a line down the middle of it to make two columns.
At the top of the paper, write the concept in your own words that says something like, “I’m committed to improving my physical fitness.” This statement is the theme of your paper. Refer to it often as you complete this exercise. It can help you stay committed to your exercise plan.
Then, over the first column, write the word “advantages.” Over the second column, write the word “disadvantages. ”Start filling out the personal advantages and disadvantages to you of staying committed to becoming more physically fit. The answers may surprise you. Usually, the columns with the most answers means this is the right decision for you.
This written exercise might take you more than 15 minutes. Make the written exercise a priority so you can keep formulating an exercise plan that works for you. Write an idea down, then set the paper aside and go about your day. When a new idea comes to you, write it on the paper. Remember to fill in responses for both columns. When you start repeating yourself, you’ve probably got everything out on paper. Use this information to keep moving forward in getting involved in an exercise routine that works for you.
As with anything worthwhile, it’s important to have direction. This exercise can help you see the advantages of being committed to non-medically helping yourself manage your AFib. When you see advantages to being more physically fit, you give yourself hope that you can do SOMETHING to work with your AFib.
What about the answers in the “disadvantages” column? These answers you write may be ideas subconsciously holding you back from getting better and staying as active as you can even with AFib.
Really look at all the answers you write down. If some answers seem self-limiting, find a reasonable way to face and resolve them so you can keep moving forward in your life.
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