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Old May 11th, 2009, 05:54   Go To Top / FR Forum Home / #1
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FR Cardio for heart health

Cardio-respiratory endurance is at the heart (pun intended) of the most positive and dramatic effects of physical activity and fitness on overall health and wellness. Making your heart stronger allows it to pump more blood (and thus, oxygen) and more efficiently use (burn) fat for energy.

Cardio activities can also help improve blood cholesterol, reduce body fat, and increase energy. The results are improved heart health and an overall sense of wellness and well-being, both physically and mentally.

Heart health is integral to wellness, and knowing heart health risks and how to reduce them can greatly affect your quality of life. A recent study of middle-aged and older men by the Harvard School of Public Health, for example, found that a healthy lifestyle is associated with a lower risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), even among men taking antihypertensive or lipid-lowering medications. The study also revealed that 62 percent of coronary events may have been prevented if all men in the study population adhered to five healthy lifestyle factors defined as not smoking, daily exercise, moderate alcohol consumption, a healthy body weight and a healthy diet. For those men taking medications, 57 percent of coronary events could have been prevented.

As study research team co-leader Stephanie Chiuve says, "It's never too late to make changes to become healthier." Read on for heart health information that can assist you with those changes.

And while exercise won't reverse the aging process, many researchers believe that aspects sometimes referred to as a normal part of the aging process are in fact due more to inactivity than aging.

Cardio and your heart
Cardio (building cardio-respiratory endurance) is not only good for you—it makes you feel great, too. Exercise and physical activity help release endorphins, the morphine-like chemicals accountable for "runner's high" and reports of improved self-esteem.
There are a great variety of cardio-enhancing activities, from moderate to vigorous, all with positive benefits. And they are not all about running and stair-climbers. Anything that gets the heart rate going qualifies, including the following:

Moderate (depending on effort/intensity):
• Ballroom dancing
• Playing softball
• Jumping on a trampoline
• Playing on school playground equipment
• Walking
• Gardening (mowing, raking)
• Mopping or scrubbing floor
• Golf, without a cart
• Horseback riding
• Rowing

Vigorous:
• Climbing stairs or hills
• Sledding, tobogganing
• Playing with children (vigorously)
• Scuba diving
• Shoveling snow
• Brisk bicycling
• Tennis (singles)
• Cross-country skiing
• Downhill skiing
• Hiking
• Jogging
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Veeeeery nice article girl. I tried wall climbing for the first time a few weeks ago. It was much more exhausting than I thought it would be. It definitely gives your heart a good "beating"
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Playing with children vigorously .. hihi that sounds dangerous.
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Cardio is one of my favorite activities these days. I'm still trying to shred some of that fat I gained in the last 6 months.

Great ideas Mona.
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