If youâ€™re looking to improve your cardiovascular power and prevent heart-related problems, then running is your best training approach. Not only that, running sheds more pounds than other training programs, thus help you get the body of your dreams. In addition, many studies emphasized the important of regular exercise in keeping high blood pressure levels at bay, reducing stress level, improving sex drive and boosting mood and fitness status.
Still, many health nuts believe in the existence of a link between running and heart problems. In fact, most people assume that running is hazardous and may actually be a killer. This fear is well fed by the tragic deaths of marathoners while or after racing.
Therefore, to get the right facts, letâ€™s take a look at what the scientists are actually saying about the subject.
In a study published by the New England Journal of Medicine, the researchers analyzed data pertaining to more than 10.9 million races running either marathons or half-marathon between 2000 and 2010. The main finding of the study was that there was no clear-cut evidence that proved that running did lead to a higher rate risk of heart attack. In fact, the researchers concluded that the chances of heart problems can be even lower for marathoners over people engaging in low-intensity exercise.
Another study has come to similar results. According to a Toronto study published by the British Medical Journal, the risk of a heart attack for a marathon runner is 1 death per 126,000 runners. Thatâ€™s very low and inconclusive.
In reality, running adds years to your life and enhance health fitness levels. A famous study conducted by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded that running and other types of intense workout program have been shown to decrease the likelihood of heart-related problems by more than 50 percent. Not only that, regular runners have fewer strokes, suffered from less high blood pressure and diabetes, and able to ward off osteoporosis and other serious health aliments.
Still, taking the right precautions is the way to go is youâ€™re looking to get the most out your training while steering clear of heart trouble. The matter of fact is that the chances of suffering heart attacks are high if you have the disease running in your family or leading an unhealthy lifestyle.
As a result, make sure to follow these preventative measures when thinking about engaging in vigorous running exercise.
The rule of thumb is to always do your best and keep a keen eye on the way you felt both during and after exercise. And any sign of trouble should be properly addressed.
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Links to the studies:
American Journal of Cardiology, vol 88, pp 920-923, 2001