• Readiness for physical activity and the PAR-Q
    Exercise,  Fitness tips

    Are you ready for physical activity? Take this quick quiz to find out!

    Fitness is in. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans wants people to sit-less and move more – all movement counts! Apparently so do many Americans as health club memberships are at an all-time high. Major health and fitness organizations from the American Heart Association to Zumba (a to z, get it?) want you to be part of the movement (movement, get it?). But where does one start? You could simply stop reading this and go for a walk and that would be great. But if you want more, read on about the Get Active – PAR-Q. On getting started For people looking to start a formal planned exercise program, most…

  • Aerobic fitness can reduce heart failure
    Exercise,  Fitness tips,  Health

    Aerobic capacity lowers risk for heart failure

    Aerobic activity, the ability of the heart, vascular network, and lungs to perform work, is important for good health. Good aerobic fitness (aerobic capacity) is linked with a lower risk of heart disease, various forms of cancer, lower rates of metabolic disorders, better mental health, lower odds of premature death from all-cause and specific diseases. Now a meta-analysis (analysis looking at many studies) has shown that higher levels of aerobic fitness are associated with a lower risk for heart failure. Heart failure Heart failure is a major health concern and can affect people who have had a heart attack (myocardial infarction) or have hypertension which is uncontrolled and other disorders.…

  • Post myocardial infarction and arterial stiffness
    Exercise,  Health

    Post myocardial infarction and arterial stiffness

    Every 42-seconds about 1 American has an acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and it is estimated that annually 550,000 and 200,000 new and recurrent MI occur respectively. Arterial stiffness (AS), a condition where the blood vessel walls have a reduced ability to respond effectively to the pressure of blood with each heartbeat and the body’s oxygen demands, is associated with aging. AS has been found to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and worsen the outcomes for people who have had a heart attack (myocardial infarction). Physical activity may help arterial stiffness Post-myocardial infarction patients may benefit from increased physical activity (PA) by a reduction of AS according to new research.…