More Weight Loss Tips...
Is cardio bad for me?
Q. I read an article called Two Fitness Disasters That Are Threatening Your Health. The MD who wrote it says that cardiovascular exercise will not protect your heart and that aerobics makes your lungs shrink. Long-distance workouts, especially marathons, are supposed to be bad your heart and mimic the effects of heart disease. Is this true?
A. I think Dr. Sears (the author of the article) makes a good point when he says that long-duration cardiovascular exercise is not the best way to get lean. And is marathon running going to cause health problems for some people? Probably. Too much exercise, just like too much of anything -- including a seemingly harmless substance like water -- isn't healthy.
But when he says that cardiovascular exercise, "will not protect your heart, and aerobics makes your lungs shrink," or that it will "accelerate several negative consequences of aging and cause other health problems," then I think he's really going off on a limb.
Dr. Sears quotes the work of Dr. Arthur Siegel, director of internal medicine at McLean Hospital in Massachusetts and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard University, to support some of his claims.
I can't say that I've looked into the subject of cardiac health and marathons in any depth, so I wrote to Dr. Siegel to get his opinion on the subject.
Here's how he replied... (click here to read)
Sincerely,Christian Finn, M.Sc.
Editor, The Facts About Fitness
The rest of this report is available in the Members-Only Area. Subscribe to the Members-Only Area and you'll enjoy immediate access to a "secret vault" of expert knowledge and university-tested tips and tricks you can use to shed stubborn fat once and for all... get bigger biceps, broader shoulders, a bigger bench press... or strip away the fat from your belly to reveal a flat and attractive stomach. Click here now to join.
The information provided on DietandBody.com is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her health professional. This information is solely for informational purposes and does not constitute the practice of medicine. We encourage all visitors to see a licensed physician or nutritionist if they have any concerns regarding health issues related to diet, personal image and any other topics discussed on this site. Neither the owners or employees of DietandBody.com nor the author(s) of site content take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, procedure, exercise, dietary modification, action or application of medication which results from reading this site. Always speak with your primary health care provider before engaging in any form of self treatment. Please see our Legal Statement for further information.