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Sep
13
Poor Physical Fitness = Just as Risky as Smoking

I'm sure it goes without saying that smoking is probably the worst thing you can do for your health. However, in a recent study researchers found that low aerobic capacity (poor physical fitness) wasn’t that far behind when it came to increased risk factors of premature death. Check out his article Being Unfit May Be Almost as Bad for You as Smoking “Being out of shape could be more harmful to health and longevity than most people expect, according to a new, long-term study of middle-aged men. The study finds that poor physical fitness may be second only to smoking as a risk factor for premature death.” “Poor fitness turned out to be unhealthier even than high blood pressure or poor cholesterol profiles, the researchers found. Highly fit men with elevated blood pressure or relatively unhealthy cholesterol profiles tended to live longer than out-of-shape men with good blood pressure and cholesterol levels.” The study was only done with men however, I’m sure the cross over is similar with women as well. The good news is though that by following the below simple steps you can improve your aerobic capacity and reduce your risks. So grab your heart rate monitor and try to work at a pace that keeps your heart rate somewhere between 65-75% of your max heart rate. Think moderate pace! The exercises can be as simple as: Walking your dog Playing with your kids Riding your bike Swimming Walking in waist high water at the beach For those with more fitness experience, try performing some intervals where you increase your heart rate for 30-45 seconds in the 80-90% range then let it recover back to the 65% range for two minutes or so before you perform the next interval.





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