Do Your Cardio!

Did you know that sedentary individuals have a 20-50% greater risk for developing hypertension compared to individuals who are fit?⠀

Regular exercise can decrease your risk of developing hypertension by:⠀
-improving arterial vasodilation⠀
-Facilitating Baroreceptor adjustment⠀
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Overtime aerobic exercise can reduce diastolic and systolic measures of Blood Pressure by 6-7 mmHG. In order to accomplish this you want to make sure you are exercising aerobically 30-60 minutes, 3-4 days per week at a 60-70% of VO2 Max intensity.⠀

Think a personal trainer and healthy food is expensive?⠀

-Hypertension costs the US 64 Billion dollars per year!⠀
-By simply reducing your blood pressure by 12-13 points your risk of heart attack goes down by 21% and any deaths associated with CVD go down by 25%⠀
-a 10% decrease in total blood cholesterol level may reduce the incidence of coronary heart disease by up to 30%⠀
-47% of heart attack and stroke victims die before getting emergency assistance⠀
-90% of all middle aged adults will develop hypertension at some point in their remaining life.⠀

Moral of the story: CARDIOVASCULAR EXERCISE IS IMPORTANT…as much as I hate doing it⠀

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Cardio beyond “leaning out”

People do cardio ALL of the time, but not everyone realizes what is happening within when you do cardio the RIGHT way. What we know as cardio is also known as aerobic exercise. ⠀

Aerobic exercise increases the capillary density within muscle fibers and increases type 1 fiber efficiency. Aerobic exercise can also improve ones ability to buffer lactate and increases oxidative enzyme activity. ⠀

In regards to your cardiopulmonary adaptations cardio stimulates an increase in stroke volume, cardiac output, and VO2 max as well as improved cardiac conduction and metabolic efficiency. Cardio should hypertrophy the left ventricle and reduce systolic blood pressure, which reduces myocardial stress and cardiopulmonary energy sparing. ⠀
Research has also shown cardiovascular exercise to increase life span and boost immune health.⠀

Biagioli, Brian D.Advanced Concepts of Strength & Fitness; Conditioning. National Council on Strength & Fitness, 2015.⠀

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Aerobic Exercise and Atherosclerosis

Did you know that by lowering blood pressure (exercise can lower your BP by 6-7 mmHG) and by reducing circulating LDL cholesterol via aerobic exercise you reduce your risk of developing atherosclerosis?Atherosclerosis when combined with hypertension increases your risk of developing coronary heart disease, ischemic stroke, and peripheral vascular disease.⠀

Aerobic exercise helps the liver to produce for HDL (high density lipoproteins), which then translates to being able to pick up circulating LDL for transport to the liver so that it can be metabolized instead of sticking to your arteries.⠀

If you have limitations that keep you from high intensity activity, the good news is you can achieve the same benefits related to HDL productions with moderate intensity (will take a little longer though) as long as you expend 1200-1600 calories per week in total energy expenditure.⠀

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8 Reasons You Should Never Stop Working Out

As much as it my come to shock people.  Fitness is more than a small waist, shredded abs, the perfect glutes, etc.  It is also about improving quality of life.  It may also come to a shock that we are all going to grow old some day, and there’s a big difference between being in a wheel chair and being able to walk when you’re 80.

Here are 8 reasons beyond vanity that I hope inspire you all to never stop!

  1. Increase your life span with improved cardio
  2. Reduce your risk of developing or worsening diseases such as heart disease, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, obesity, and diabetes
  3. Lower Blood Pressure and Reduce Stress-Lowers risk of heart attack
  4. Better functioning nervous system
  5. Stronger bones and muscle-decrease risk of developing or of worsening osteoporosis
  6. Improved activity of daily living-get in and out of bed easier, carry your groceries, reduce risk of falling
  7. Improved metabolism
  8. Improved Flexibility

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High Intensity Interval Training

Here I am finally able to sit down and write my weekly post after surviving week 1 of 6 of summer semester general chemistry 2.  Anyways, today I wanted to touch up on High Intensity Interval Training otherwise known as HIIT.

Fingers crossed, my ebook will finally be out by the end of June.  I have put crazy amount of time, effort, and research into constructing my 30 day program.  After much hair pulling, I decided that my first ebook would be centered around HIIT. Why? there are 3 main reasons.

1.  It is for all fitness levels.  Because there are small bouts of exercise before an even smaller rest, a person of any level is able to push themselves as hard as they possibly can in that bout of exercise.  Of course, it’s not really advised to sell yourself short and not give it your all in order to get the maximum benefits.

2.  Fat burning and metabolic boosting benefits  Not only do you burn twice the calories in the same amount of time as you would doing more traditional forms of cardio (treadmill and elliptical), but HIIT generates whats called EPOC (exercise post-exercise oxygen consumption).  EPOC in simple turns is when your body continues to consume oxygen even after your workout and sets your body up for more calories burned throughout the day.  So imagine starting your day with just 30 minutes of my HIIT program!

3.  Strengthens the heart.  A stronger heart muscle allows us to carry out daily activities like walking and using the stairs with more ease.  A stronger heart also allows your body to pump blood more efficiently and ultimately reducing your risk of stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol with more production of the good cholesterol, and heart disease later on in life.

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amount of time as doing traditional, slower forms of cardio (elliptical and treadmill for exam

Fasted Cardio

Fasted cardio is any kind of cardiovascular exercise done in a fasted state (an empty stomach).  Fasted cardio has been around for an incredibly long time as a fat loss tool that has just recently started to get popular once again.  Athletes love adding fasted cardio to their workout regime whenever they are trying to cut fat and lean out because the right kind and right amount (i’ll get to specifics in bit) of fasted cardio help you not only lose body fat, but do so while also maintaining your current muscles.  Keep in mind that fasted cardio is an enhancer to an already clean diet and one should also not expect to make “gains” in the period of time that fasted cardio is being implemented to someones regimen.

A study published by the “British Journal of Nutrition” discovered that subjects who fasted during morning cardio burned up to 20% more fat throughout the day.  It is proved to be efficient because when you sleep, your body fasts over night and conserves the carbohydrate stores allowing for your body to convert fat to fuel while doing your fasted cardio workout.  At night your body also breaks down amino acids into glucose opening up a second type of fuel source.

Food as well all know gets broken down to usable molecules that get released into your blood stream.  Of those molecules, insulin, serves as the mover of other molecules into your cells.  Once insulin is absorbed because the digestion process has been completed, insulin levels drop and your body enters into the fasted state telling your body to use fat as fuel.  Insulin also prevents the breakdown of fatty acids.  So basically, the higher the insulin levels, the less usage of fat for energy.  In the image you can see the period where insulin either promotes or impairs fat loss.  As can be seen, the period in which we are sleeping is where the most fat loss occurs.  Imagine waking up an immediately doing 30 minute of cardio to enhance that period of fat loss?

Personally, whenever I do choose to do fasted cardio it is no more or no less than 30 minute of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).  Why only 30 minutes?  Because your body is in a fasted state, more than 30 minutes usually leads to your body using your muscles as an alternative energy source.  Because I want to lose fat and maintain my muscle mass, I do 30 minutes.  Why do I choose HIIT?  HIIT workouts have been proven to set you up for more fat burn throughout the day.  Compared to slow and steady cardio like what gets done on the elliptical or treadmills, HIIT cardio burns double the amount of fat in the same amount of time.  In essence, you get more bang for your buck.  Next week I plan on going more in depth about HIIT workouts.

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