Intense exercise, healthy exercise? What life expectancy says
Not all have the good fortune to become elite athletes themselves, however the effort and lifestyle in some specific cases can reach equated with these. For this reason, pigeonhole a certain life expectancy only those who come to compete professionally in high yield may be underestimating the life expectancy of many anonymous amateur athletes.
Does it affect your exercise intensity?
It is well documented that exercise is good for health, and most studies show that more exercise means a longer, healthier life and lower risk of cardiovascular events. However, there is a tendency to indicate that high intensity exercise may be less beneficial. To be more exact, that some intensive exercise is healthy, no one disputes; but if the high – intensity exercise is maintained for several years, would it be healthy?
This possible trend is based on the intense resistance exercise can cause cardiac abnormalities (mainly increased risk of atrial fibrillation). Among some known cases of cardiovascular accidents are the footballers Antonio Puerta (2007) or Daniel Jarque (2009), in addition to the recent discovery of a coronary problem that has made him the Spanish goalkeeper Manuel Almunia and which has been withdrawn professional football.
Despite these, although quite significant isolated cases, the studies found no admit that strenuous exercise is maintained for many years generally harmful to the heart. Indeed, having examined a total of 45,170 athletes who were professionals in endurance sports, team sports and power (athletes, football players, skiers … many Olympic), and after making adjustments economic status required, they have been obtained following results:
- The risk of overall mortality was 58% lower among these athletes than among the general population.
- The risk of cardiovascular disease is 57% lower in those athletes with VO2max > 80 ml O2 / min / kg than in the general population. Especially relevant is the low cancer mortality associated with snuff compared to the general population.
- Former elite athletes have about 5-6 years longer life expectancy (79 years) healthy subjects did not elite athletes in their youth (73 years).
- Dementia mortality was higher in former power athletes, especially boxers.
As is being demonstrated in recent times, high intensity training – among which we can include such renowned HIIT (Training High Intensity Interval) – has additional benefits to moderate workout, even the very long term.