A powerful new study from Johns Hopkins Cardiology reveals how critically important cardiovascular conditioning is to our overall health and longevity.
Researchers examined the results of 58,000 treadmill stress tests & tracked participants over the next decade.
The results reveal that among people of the same age and gender, fitness levels were the greatest indicators of death risk.
Fitness level was the single most powerful predictor of death and survival, even after researchers accounted for other important variables such as diabetes and family history of premature death. It turns out that our level of heart and lung fitness is the single most important determinant of our health and longevity.*
By far, cardiovascular exercise is one of the hardest things for my clients to embrace.
Understandably! After all, intentionally seeking out being out of breath and creating copious amounts of sweat is not high on our fun-o-meter? Certainly, this is not a pleasurable experience! Cardiovascular exercise requires the ability to embrace and push through discomfort and just plain exertion.
Just as the Hopkins steady revealed, pushing through the pain is so worth it.
Let's look at some other benefits of cardiovascular fitness.
Well, besides hopefully receiving a good dose of those feel-on-top-of-the-world endorphins, it is important to understand a few of the most important benefits to improving your cardiovascular conditioning.
The human body is designed for work. Our systems are uniquely designed to be “overloaded” on a regular basis. What is “overload?” Overload is anything that stresses the body’s systems above homeostasis that leads to beneficial adaptions over time.
Research has revealed that when the human body is not overloaded consistently, it atrophies. Atrophy means that systems in the body begin to break down and function less than optimally. In terms of the cardiovascular system, this means that circulation and blood flow to the body’s tissues decreases over time.
Without exertion, the body is not incentivized to maintain circulation. Overload to the cardiovascular system will help prevent the atrophy and maintain efficiency over time.
It is also associated with a host of incredible, life-enhancing benefits including:
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