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WARNING! If you are having heart palpitations, please do not do any exercise without the consent of your primary care physician and/or your cardiologist. If you experience shortness of breath, dizziness, and/or chest pains seek medical attention immediately.

[Note: This post is part of a larger series about the The Best Cures and Remedies for Heart Palpitations]

When I first started having heart palpitations and ended up at the ER, I completely stopped exercising. I thought that if I tried to workout I would have a heart attack. I was running fairly regularly too, and I enjoy being active, so it was hard to slow down. But I thought it was for my good. I was wrong. In hindsight, I think that it only made my anxiety and fear worse, not to mention my heart palpitations. I wasn’t able to burn off any of the stress that I was having from work and from the heart palpitations themselves.

Exercises to Help Stop Heart Palpitations

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My Cardiologist Told Me To Exercise

It wasn’t until I had a bazillion tests done and met with my cardiologist that I finally got back into exercising. And it made a big difference. I now had a way to “reset” my heart back to it’s normal rhythm. Eventually the heart palpitations would come back, but I could always run outside or jump on a treadmill and 20-30 minutes later I would feel a lot better.

I Relied Too Much on Exercise

I thought exercise was my magic cure all. However, I was miserable at night and couldn’t sleep with all my heart skips. There were also times I couldn’t get to the gym, like during work, and it was rough. I ended up doing crazy things like 20 minutes of jumping jacks at 3am just to make the heart palpitations go away. It wasn’t very practical. Since then, I have found other things that help reduce my heart palpitations – like eating smarter and smaller meals, breathing exercises, meditation, etc… Exercise is still the best way to get my heart back to a normal beat again, but now it’s not the only way.

Rhythmic Exercises Help Heart Palpitations the Best

Not all exercises are created equal. Some are better than others for heart palpitations (at least in my experience). Continue Reading…