In Monday's alert, I told you the surprising results of a new study on exercise. This study warns that too much exercise is hazardous to people who have had a heart attack. In that study, the men and women who regularly walked more than 46 miles per week or ran more than 30 miles per week were more than twice as likely to have a repeat heart attack as those who exercised less. So now we know that intense exercise can be bad for patients who have had a heart attack. But is it also bad for people who don't have heart disease? Another new study says no. It's actually better.
Spanish researchers looked at the findings of 10 published studies that examined the effect of elite athletes' training on longevity. The studies looked at 42,807 athletes, mostly men, who participated in football, baseball, track and field, or cycling. What they discovered just backs up what I have been observing for years.
These heavy exercisers not only lived longer. They died of heart disease 27% less. And they died of cancer a huge 40% less. Dear readers, these are the top two killers and they are markedly reduced by something that is not only easy to do and good for you but it's free! And the results also suggest that the health effects of exercise are not always confined to moderate doses.
According to Dr. James O'Keefe, a cardiologist and co-author of the study, the recommendations in the study are right in line with what heart doctors have been saying all along. "Exercise is the best thing you can do for your health," he said. Half of the U.S. population gets too little exercise, O'Keefe estimated, and "maybe one in 20 is getting too much." So how can you know if you are doing it right?
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Not long ago, I invented and patented a process for evaluating proper exercise levels among other things. It's called Bio-Energy Testing. You can learn more about it in my book,
Bursting With Energy. During the testing process, you wear a special mask that is able to measure how much oxygen you take in while exercising and how much carbon dioxide you put out. Between these two measurements it is possible to accurately determine exactly what level of exercise is best for you.
But it gets even better than that. By taking repeated measurements every four to six months, you can track how well your program is improving your overall health and decreasing your risk of disease. In over 10 years of using this testing system, I have never seen anybody with optimal scores develop cancer or any other disease. My findings are right in line with the study above.
You can find a doctor offering Bio-Energy Testing at www.bioenergytesting.com. Doctors interested in offering this fantastic system to their patients can get information through the same site. In the meantime, if you don't have heart disease, you can make sure you never do by making sure you're getting plenty of exercise.
Yours for better health,
Frank Shallenberger, MD
Garatachea, N, Santos-Lozano A, Sanchis-Gomar F, et al. Elite Athletes Live Longer Than the General Population: A Meta-Analysis. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Sept 2014, Vol 89, Issue 9. 1195-1200
"For Heart Attack Survivors, More Exercise Isn't Always Better, Study Says" By Kathleen Doheny, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News)