Saturday, August 30, 2008

Fitness, Even without Weight Loss, Good for the Heart

From Local-12 Medical News Reporter, Liz Bonis

A new study of 40,000 women shows that even if women never drop an ounce--fitting in fitness seriously expands the capacity of your heart.

According to researchers in the study feeling better from a fitness work out may occur because exercise appears to combat dangerous compounds in the blood-normally released from fat cells.
This makes activities easier and significantly diminishes the risk of heart disease.

The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, looked at more than 40,000 women. Those who exercised on a regular basis, regardless of what they weighed, were able to reduce heart disease risk by 18 percent.

During that time, women who exercised also reduced the risk of having a heart attack by two and half times.

Personal trainer Brian Calkins said the newest evidence also shows this heart benefit may happen in women even faster than it does in men, no matter what type of exercise.

“The heart adapts,” he said. ‘For a long time we were thinking that it was cardio exercise, now we are seeing the same thing with strength training. It will continue to help the heart improve.”
This heart benefit occurs in women of all ages and with as little as 30 minutes of uninterrupted exercise most days of the week.

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