Can The Heart Be Harmed By Over Exercising?

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    Dec 31, 2015 5:06 AM GMT
    NYT: New findings should reassure most of us with ambitious fitness goals for the new year — with a note of caution.

    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/12/30/can-too-much-exercise-harm-the-heart/?ref=health
  • rdberg1957

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    Jan 02, 2016 5:03 AM GMT
    My father died of his first and only heart attack when he was 66. He was of normal weight and exercised lightly (swam 2-3x/week for 15 minutes). He had atherosclerosis which was never diagnosed despite efforts to get medical attention. My mother wanted him to go to the Mayo Clinic, but he refused.

    I have had a long journey to fitness, with a life long commitment to becoming fit meeting with some success and a considerable way to go. I read the article and commented upon it in the NY Times. While the heart may benefit from some strenuous exercise, I doubt that my other body parts would concur. At 58, I am 5'11" and 245lbs, down from 350lbs. I play tennis or racquetball 3-4x/week for 60-90 miinutes, do one other cardio machine 1x/week for 25 minutes, strength training 2x/week for about 30 minutes and stretching/core strengthening about 30 minutes daily. My body feels as good as it ever has in my life. In addition, I have made dietary changes, meditate most days of the week for 25 minutes, and have increased my sleep from 5 to 7 + hours/night. My anxiety level is as low as it been for as long as I can remember.

    The reasons I have for avoiding excessive strenuous activity have to do with preventing injury and fatigue. I need to work 4 days/week so I pay attention to my body and push myself to a moderate to high level of intensity, but not very high so that I have energy for the rest of my day. My goals are not professional or olympic in nature, so I go for balance rather than extremes.
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    Jan 02, 2016 12:50 PM GMT
    Exercise is the best heart medicine.
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    Jan 03, 2016 3:12 AM GMT
    No but you can def have a heart attack from over exertion if there is an underlying problem.
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    Jan 03, 2016 1:00 PM GMT
    WickedRyan saidNo but you can def have a heart attack from over exertion if there is an underlying problem.


    Trudat. All things in moderation.