The heart is amazing! Your heart does more work than any other muscle. And the race isn't even close. Your heart works continuously over your entire life time without ever stopping to keep blood circulating. How then does exercise affect the heart?
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January sees an influx of people hitting the gym or pounding the pavement to improve cardiovascular health, build muscle and tone up. This article examines why maintaining those good intentions should last well beyond February, when most of those resolutions can fall by the wayside.
How long you are able to sustain an activity at a suitable level (while being able to recover from it fairly easily) is what is referred to as your endurance level. Endurance levels are built up via those dedicated to training (particularly maintaining a higher level of cardiovascular fitness) and those with overall optimum health and well-being levels. What trainers like me are seeing however are individuals working in the wrong way to build that endurance, often running the risk of causing real damage to themselves. There are better ways!