Exercise is one of the safest, most effective ways to prevent and treat chronic diseases such as heart disease? We all sort of know that exercise is good for us, but not all exercise is equal, as some exercise can have a negative effect on your health and in particular your heart!
This video we explain what are the 4 BEST exercises for your heart and also what are the worst exercises for your heart.
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Having a good understating of this is critical if you want to achieve good health. Understanding Nutrition and Exercise has become very confusing and as we get older so it is no surprise that people do make bad choices even though their intention was good. The amount of exercise books, diet books and tv shows make it very hard to know what actually is the best choice of exercise for our health.
Many people are told to start doing long distance low intensity cardio exercise to protect their heart. And while this can have some benefits overdoing it can quickly turn negative on you!
Although exercise alone can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease by as much as three times. The type of exercise is critical, because some exercise can create more problems than it solves!
For example, endurance-type exercise, such as marathon running, can actually damage your heart and increase your cardiovascular risk by as much as seven times!! Research by Dr. Arthur Siegel, director of Internal Medicine at Harvard’s McLean Hospital found that long-distance running leads to high levels of inflammation that can trigger cardiac events. Another 2006 study found that non-elite marathon runners experienced decreased right ventricular systolic function, again caused by an increase in inflammation and a decrease in blood flow. All in all, such findings are a powerful lesson that excessive cardio may actually be counterproductive.
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The best exercises to do are in fact more high intensity exercises being:
Used in combination with more relaxing exercise like Yoga, Tai Chi, Meditation and of course constant movement.
However……… There is no point doing a 60 minute workout 3-4 times per week only to sit down for 10 hours each day. Your heart needs constant movement and if it does not get this it will become weak and problematic.
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And if your goal is to lose some weight well guess what? Building muscle should be the MOST important activity you do if your goal is to lose weight because increasing muscle is the best way to increase your Metabolic Rate ( the rate at which your body burns energy at rest).
People who performed intense cardio suffered from decreased T3 hormone production. T3 is the hormone produced by your thyroid to burn fat. When you do cardio, your body reacts to the stress by suppressing this fat burning hormone. This means your body starts gaining fat straight away for the body needs the fat in order to function. And on top of all this this excessive cardio also puts massive amounts of stress on your body by increasing the stress hormone cortisol. Excess cortisol is associated with illnesses like adrenal fatigue, chronic fatigue, depression and even more deadly diseases like heart disease, cancer and visceral belly fat.