Running is one of the best ways to exercise the heart. As you run, the muscles in the legs work harder, requiring more oxygen. This need is fulfilled by the heart, which pumps faster to distribute more oxygen rich blood to these muscles. Although it sounds counter-intuitive that tiring the heart out should be good for it, it’s true. The heart gets strengthened on such workouts.
Progressive training can also help people who have clinical diseases regain mobility and health. For patients of chronic stable heart failure, low intensity resistance training has been shown to improve muscle strength and overall exercise performance, thus allowing a better quality of life. Moreover, it helps to reduce the mortality risk associated with heart failure. Note: Please consult your doctor before embarking on any form of training especially if you have a pre-existing medical condition.
At the recent 2013 American Heart Association meeting held in New Orleans, a review of previous research found that energy drinks could mess with one’s heart rhythm and increase blood pressure. These changes have the potency to cause irregular heartbeat, or even sudden cardiac death. Energy drinks contain the caffeine equivalent of two cups of coffee, and taurine, an amino acid.
Heart disease is perceived by many as an illness for the old or overweight. But recent studies have proven this perception wrong. According to Dr. Ilan Wittstein, M.D., an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Heart Institute, patients in their 40s are getting heart disease due to self-inflicted risk factors.
Regular cardio exercise helps your heart pump harder, contributing to a rise of blood oxygen and endorphin – a natural painkiller – levels.
However, is lengthy and frequent vigorous training feasible, or even necessary? Studies have shown that too much endurance training can be bad for your heart. We tell you why.
Dimethylamylamine (DMAA) is believed to have negative effects on our heart and may even result in death. Runners, listen up! DMAA was found in the blood of a marathoner who died of cardiac arrest at the London Marathon last year. Her name: Claire Squires. In another instance, two American soldiers who took a supplement containing DMAA died of similar cause after undergoing fitness exercise during military training.
Running is often perceived as an individual sport, offering a time for peace, solitude and communion with one’s body but running alone can sometimes be boring. Finding a running buddy is a simple and perfect solution for killing your boredom and might be more advantageous than you think – performance and health wise.
How exactly do you feel every day? Do you feel that you can no longer push for that extra mile despite being able to do so last year? Do you wonder why you tire more easily, despite being in your mid-20s?
To those struggling to lose weight, the holidays usually spell nothing but trouble. Being constantly surrounded by delicious food throughout the season, it takes a lot of willpower to not start gobbling everything in sight.
The Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore might be on your personal race calendar. If it is, you are probably in the midst of doing some final preparations by now. But keep in mind that though running is good for your health, there are limits that you should not cross. If you have experienced symptoms of hearts issues as of late, walk away to race another day.
It has been well documented that heart screenings for athletes save lives as many abnormalities and risks attached can be detected before one embarks on strenuous runs. Now for those who would like to find out what constitutes a heart screening, we will guide you through to provide a better idea on what to expect.
Races in recent years have been marred by tragedy, with sudden deaths making headlines in the media. Cardiac arrest and coronary complications were usually the source of the blame, putting the spotlight on medical fitness for people taking part in physical events.