Interesting new research on endurance training and the heart

  • tllguy

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    Dec 14, 2011 5:18 PM GMT
    A friend sent me these links. It's probably nothing to worry about for most folks, but it's interesting how detailed research in a field gets once the basics are worked out. Keep working out those hearts!

    http://medicalxpress.com/news/2011-12-links-ventricle-heart.html


    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/8938532/Marathons-could-damage-heart.html#.Tt95orHDm1Y.email

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    Dec 14, 2011 6:38 PM GMT
    `It is important to note that this research refers to extreme endurance athletes. It is irrelevant for most of us where the important thing is that the greater the volume (intensity X time) of CV work we do weekly the greater the risk reduction for heart disease and stroke
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    Dec 18, 2011 4:54 PM GMT
    Jackwinslow said`It is important to note that this research refers to extreme endurance athletes. It is irrelevant for most of us where the important thing is that the greater the volume (intensity X time) of CV work we do weekly the greater the risk reduction for heart disease and stroke


    I agree...I think that this applies more for extreme runners. The pros and cons of running is still stronger for running.
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    Dec 21, 2011 5:07 AM GMT
    Interesting. In a little over a month I'm about to compete in my first 12 hour mountain bike endurance race, solo. And then towards the end of 2012, I'll be competing in my first 24 hour endurance race solo.

    If this research does have merit, I'm okay with that. I'd rather die on my bike doing something I love. Much better than dying on the couch. But that's just me.
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    Dec 30, 2011 1:16 PM GMT
    If this is picked up in mass media I'm sure they will portray it as some contrarian article to prove that, "those pointy headed scientists once again were wrong in telling us something was good for us when it was bad." As usual they will totally miss lines from the article and author like, "It is most important that our findings are not over-extrapolated to infer that endurance exercise is unhealthy. Our data do not support this premise."
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    Jan 03, 2012 1:41 AM GMT
    Well....I have to die sometime.icon_lol.gif

    I've heard that news too. I still consider myself healthier than the dude sitting on the couch watching hockey and eating Doritos. Typically the guy on Manhunt that describes himself as muscular when he's packing an extra 30lbs.

    So many non runners take pride in telling me about my unhealthy fitness and it drives me crazy! Life is about quality and enjoyment. I could get hit by a car crossing the street but does that mean I should avoid crosswalks now.
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    Jan 03, 2012 2:12 AM GMT
    26mileman saidI've heard that news too. I still consider myself healthier than the dude sitting on the couch watching hockey and eating Doritos. Typically the guy on Manhunt that describes himself as muscular when he's packing an extra 30lbs.

    So many non runners take pride in telling me about my unhealthy fitness and it drives me crazy! Life is about quality and enjoyment. I could get hit by a car crossing the street but does that mean I should avoid crosswalks now.

    But the guy who does 10Ks might be healthier than both the marathon runner and the dude sitting on the couch.
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    Jan 03, 2012 2:29 AM GMT
    As the London doctor says in the article, "food for thought." But he also considers endurance exercise 11-hours/day; a marathon is under 4, so I'm not worried.
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    Jan 03, 2012 3:25 AM GMT
    socalfitness said
    26mileman saidI've heard that news too. I still consider myself healthier than the dude sitting on the couch watching hockey and eating Doritos. Typically the guy on Manhunt that describes himself as muscular when he's packing an extra 30lbs.

    So many non runners take pride in telling me about my unhealthy fitness and it drives me crazy! Life is about quality and enjoyment. I could get hit by a car crossing the street but does that mean I should avoid crosswalks now.

    But the guy who does 10Ks might be healthier than both the marathon runner and the dude sitting on the couch.


    Yep. However, I have no intention of restricting what makes me happy. I would prefer to die than be caged. Part of the reason why I choose to remain single too. icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 03, 2012 3:36 AM GMT
    Imo, any extreme sport is unhealthy for you. The people who live the longest are usually people with type b personalities who live a pretty relaxed lifestyle and aren't overly concerned about their health or what kind of shape they're in. I have a type A personality and I honestly can't see myself living as long as a person with a type B personality, but as someone else said I'd rather die doing what I love than dying on the couch watching TV.