With a lifetime of training, it’s a given that people get tired of their workouts, but they’re not the only ones who need to exercise.
A new study published in the American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Sciences shows that the physical toll of training has long been underestimated, with some training programs even putting participants’ bodies at risk.
While it’s been widely believed that exercise is good for you and can help you shed pounds and build muscle, it is actually more dangerous than people have been led to believe.
A study from the University of Utah showed that people who have never taken a physical activity prescription in their lives are at an increased risk of developing coronary artery disease, or myocardial infarction, in the future.
“It’s really important to know that exercise may be detrimental to our health,” said Dr. Jennifer Nesbitt, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University at Buffalo School of Public Health.
“There’s a lot of research out there that says that exercise can be dangerous.”
In fact, the Mayo Clinic recently released a video showing a trainer who was found to have been in the habit of training for five years was later found to be a former athlete who had suffered heart attacks.
“In terms of heart disease, I think it’s pretty much in the top 5% of risk factors,” Nesbertsaid.
“If you have a history of heart attacks, it would be very important to talk to your doctor about that.”
One reason that exercise isn’t taken seriously is that there are so many different kinds of exercise programs, said Nesbers study co-author Dr. Jessica Wiggett.
“You’re training for cardio, you’re training to be stronger, you train to stay fit, and you train for speed.
It’s very, very hard to compare all of them and understand which ones are the safest.”
Exercise can also have an adverse effect on your blood pressure.
The American Heart Association says that high blood pressure is a key risk factor for heart disease and stroke.
Exercise can affect your body’s ability to produce red blood cells.
“Exercise can lead to red blood cell depletion, which can contribute to increased risk for stroke,” said Niesbitt.
“Red blood cell production can increase the risk of atherosclerosis.”
One study showed that participants who trained for more than three hours per week had higher levels of oxidative stress, which is a type of inflammation that can increase your risk of a heart attack.
Exercise is also associated with a lower chance of developing type 2 diabetes.
Nesbingers study found that exercise training can cause muscle weakness, which makes it harder to use a muscle group to do more work.
Another study found exercise can increase a person’s risk of osteoporosis.
Niebers study also showed that athletes who exercised in the offseason had higher bone density in their hip joints.
“We need to look at the mechanisms that are related to osteoporsis, bone loss, and bone health,” she said.
“So we have a lot to learn from our training, especially how to incorporate exercise into a more healthy lifestyle.”
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all athletes take at least six weeks of physical activity to lose the excess weight they have accumulated.
“The best advice we have for young athletes is to work hard, but be active,” Niesbs study coauthor Drs.
Stephanie R. Litt and Julie F. Johnson said in a press release.
“They also need to be mindful of their weight and be mindful about what they eat.”
“The message here is that if you have no intention of ever working out again, don’t exercise, and if you do exercise, don.
But if you work out regularly, you can do it with less risk of injury,” said Wiggets study coauthors.
What you should know about heart disease The American College of Cardiology (ACCC) recommends that people at high risk for heart attack should not exercise more than twice a week.
But, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take the risk out on a date.
Dr. Peter R. Johnson, director of the Cardiovascular Health Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, said that people with a history for heart attacks and stroke should be supervised by a cardiologist, a cardioprotective specialist, or an orthopedic surgeon.
“A good rule of thumb is that a person with an increased chance of having a heart condition should have a regular exercise program,” said Johnson.
“And then, if the risk persists, we should look at things like lifestyle changes and medication changes.”
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