• 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.…

  • Women doing resistance exercise
    Exercise,  Rants

    Resistance exercise as physical activity’s gateway to health?

    I was on my twitter timeline and read a tweet by the American College of Sports Medicine that showed a picture of a presentation being done about resistance exercise and a slide that gave the quote below: You can see the tweet at the end of this commentary. The more I thought about it I realized that many young people (athletes and nonathletes) got an introduction to weight training as one of their first exercise experiences. I know this was true for me. I spent much of my youth engaged in weight training in some way whether in organized sports or in my parent’s garage. Unfortunately, this is true more…