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Caffeine and Exercise Performance

  Caffeine is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream, and blood levels peak after 90-100 minutes. Caffeine levels remain high for 3–4 hours.   Healthline How Caffeine Improves Exercise Performance Caffeine is a powerful substance that can improve physical and mental performance. A single dose can significantly improve exercise performance, focus and fat burning (1, 2, 3, 4). The US Special Forces even use it to enhance performance and awareness. Caffeine is found in many foods and beverages, and over 90%… Keep Reading

Exercise Versus Statins for Reducing Heart Disease

IF you start taking a statin aged fifty, and keep taking it religiously for thirty years, you could expect to live for an extra: 6 x 4 days = 24 days. Or a bit less than a month. You may think this is worthwhile, you may not. This, by the way is the best-case scenario. On the other hand, it has been estimated that if you take regular exercise, you could live for an extra four and a half years.… Keep Reading

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A Single Bout of Exercise is Cardioprotective

  Repeatedly exposing the heart to short, non-life-threatening episodes of ischemia — an inadequate supply of blood to the heart — makes the heart more resistant to a more serious, future ischemia episode.   Medical News Today –December 10, 2017 –Ana Sandiou How a single bout of exercise instantly protects the heart An acute episode of exercise can ‘train’ the heart and protect it against future damage. The results of the new research — led by Dick Thijssen, who is… Keep Reading

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Slow Walking Pace Predicts Heart-Related Deaths

A simple self-reported measure of slow walking pace could aid risk stratification for all-cause and cardiovascular mortality within the general population,” concluded the researchers. From Nursing Times –Slow walking pace is ‘good predictor’ of heart-related deaths– –August 30, 2017– Middle-aged people who report that they are slow walkers could be at higher risk of heart disease compared to the general population, according to UK researchers. They suggested that walking pace could be a “simple” indicator of a patient’s risk of… Keep Reading

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High Intensity Interval Training in Aging Men Improves Cardiac Function

Background This study examined a programme of pre-conditioning exercise with subsequent high intensity interval training (HIIT) on blood pressure, echocardiography, cardiac strain mechanics and maximal metabolic (MET) capacity in sedentary (SED) aging men compared with age matched masters athletes (LEX). Conclusions A programme of preconditioning exercise with HIIT induces clinically relevant improvements in blood pressure, rate pressure product and encourages recovery of heart rate reserve in SED, while improving maximal MET capacity in both SED and LEX without inducing any… Keep Reading

Yoga and Preventing Heart Disease

  There is some evidence that yoga has favourable effects on diastolic blood pressure, HDL cholesterol and triglycerides, and uncertain effects on LDL cholesterol.   Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews May 13, 2014 Yoga for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease Background A sedentary lifestyle and stress are major risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Since yoga involves exercise and is thought to help in stress reduction it may be an effective strategy in the primary prevention of CVD. Authors’… Keep Reading

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