Cardiorespiratory fitness greatly reduces risk of sudden cardiac death

Maintaining a high level of cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) is strongly protective against sudden cardiac death (SCD). The Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study (ACLS) run by the Cooper Institute in Dallas, TX is one of the most important and meaningful data sets…

Long-term Effects of Physical Activity Level in Young Adult Women – Mayo Clinic Proceedings

Confirming the value of building a strong exercise habit as a young adult. Don't worry about what you do...just do...and keep doing. Add variety and intensity when you feel ready. Your body will tell you when you are either not…

Lifelong Exercise Patterns and Cardiovascular Health – Mayo Clinic Proceedings

Exercise is one of those fascinating things in life that must be done in "just enough, but not too much," fashion. To wit, in this paper from the Mayo Clinic proceedings, researchers reinforce the principle that while any exercise helps…

Sex Differences in Cardiorespiratory Fitness and All-Cause Mortality – Mayo Clinic Proceedings

Love studies like this, in which people were actually tested for an objective measure of fitness and then followed over time to see who died first. The upshot? Fitness lowers the risk of mortality. The higher level of METs you…

High Exercise Capacity Attenuates the Risk of Early Mortality After a First Myocardial Infarction – Mayo Clinic Proceedings

Fascinating study of the impact of aerobic fitness on surviving a first heart attack. Notice that the people with a higher risk of death were not obese. The 28-day EM rate was 10.6% overall, and 13.9%, 10.7%, 6.9%, and 6.0%…

Determining the Importance of Meeting Muscle-Strengthening Activity Guidelines – Mayo Clinic Proceedings

The lesson here? Actually being strong means a lot (and I do mean A LOT) more than simply adhering to the government's guidelines for doing muscle strengthening activities. A middle-aged adult who is actually strong has a 77% lower risk…