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User Story Written By: PVCMan

Originally Published: Nov 27 2009 Views: 4,430 Comments: 1 Linked Discussion Posts: 0

Fitness and PVCs

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Some people feel that they have experienced PVCs as a result of starting exercise program, while others feel that starting an exercise regime has eased the symptoms.

There is an abundance of information on the web regarding the affect exercise has on PVCs, but here I will discuss some such issues and benefits. Since most of this website has been compiled as a result of my own personal experience, I will also outline exactly what lifestyle changes I made myself.

I am not completely convinced that exercise (one way or another) has a great impact on Premature Ventricular Contractions other than maybe bringing the condition to your attention. Many sufferers say that they notice their Premature Ventricular Contractions less when they are exercising but then they kick in again afterwards, maybe in the cool down period.

The significance of fitness as emphasized here is not so much to suppress the condition, but to ease the load on your body through minimising excessive weight. As mentioned in other parts of this web, obesity and Premature Ventricular Contractions do not go hand-in-hand.

There is however one distinct caveat...

Three years ago, I migrated to Thailand for one year to train as a SCUBA diving instructor and to train in new IT technologies (my profession). When I first went there, I was a little bit overweight but not by a great deal, maybe 10 pounds. I certainly was not obese. By this time I had also already overcome my Premature Ventricular Contractions.

However, while I was there I signed up for a gym membership and worked out every morning Monday to Friday. I did cardiovascular and after a 20 minute rest did resistance training. After a couple of months, at the age of 38, I felt like I was 20 again! However, one thing I discovered is that when you are training, especially resistance training is that your body becomes a little more prone to sickness simply because it’s working harder to meet the routines and also to repair muscle. As a result I ended up with a very unpleasant illness with flu like symptoms. Furthermore it took me over 2 weeks to completely recover. In the past when I have had flu, I normally shake it off after 2 or 3 days. My colds only normally last 2 or 3 days including recovery.

Now I do not normally suffer from sickness. I am the sort of person that would be unlucky if I got a cold more than once a year, and flu is even rarer for me. Admittedly, being in Thailand I was probably exposed to other strains of influenza, but I was only hit by the virus in the 7th month of being there, which was about a month after I started to really get fit.

When exercising on a regular basis, especially in the early stages, your body can become a little out of salts. So my point is, if your body is a little out of whack this will just as likely impact on your Premature Ventricular Contractions simply because the vast majority of the time, Premature Ventricular Contractions are a result of your electrolyte imbalances. While training and making your body work harder is undeniably good for you in the long run, in the short term it is highly unlikely to improve this situation with your Premature Ventricular Contractions, at least in the beginning.

So is fitness a bad idea?

Absolutely not! I don’t think anybody in their right mind would ever try to suggest that striving to get fit or keep fit is a bad idea (well, except for those that like to be contentious!). But at the same time, it is important to realize that your body may need a boost in macro and micro nutrients while on a training schedule. In the event of Premature Ventricular Contractions, more specifically electrolytes.

There have been some extensive studies with regards to rehydration and electrolytes, but since this page is about fitness in conjunction with Premature Ventricular Contractions, I will only cover it here in brief and where it is significant to the Premature Ventricular Contractions condition.

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Mark Type: Visitor Sydney Australia
Posted: 9 years ago

Thanks Phil for that info about electrolites.I'm a regular jogger,with a long history of PVC'S,and they seem to get worse the harder I train,especially really long distances.I've often wondered whether there was any connection.My last blood test results all came back normal,but I've read on another site that for some people,the "normal"levels of magnesium & pottasium can still be too low.The next thing I might try is a Mag supplement.
Has anyone else who runs experience frequent PVC'S?
On a holter test it showed I had 11,000 in 24 hours,but all cardio tests show normal healthy heart & doc says they're harmless & try not to worry about them.Easier said than done!