Medical News: Sporadic Exercise, Even Sex, May Boost MI, Death Risk – in Cardiovascular, Myocardial Infarction from MedPage Today

This goes in the category of “I told you so!”

You know your mother has been warning you of this for years!!! 🙂

The meta-analysis showed:

  • Episodic physical activity was associated with more than a threefold increase in the risk of heart attack. The relative risk was 3.45 with a 95% confidence interval from 2.33 to 5.13.
  • By the same token, episodic sexual activity was associated with a relative risk of heart attack 2.70 with a 95% confidence interval from 1.48 to 4.91.
  • Episodic physical activity was associated with nearly a five-fold increase in the risk of sudden cardiac death. The relative risk was 4.98 with a 95% confidence interval from 1.47 to 16.91.
What does this mean irregular exercise and sex lead to increased heart attacks and irregular exercise can kill you!!
So what are you going to do?  First begin a sensible, regular exercise program and get clearance from you doctor if necessary.  Here is a link to some guidelines to get started:  http://www.acsm.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=General_Public
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Want to know more about your personal risk factors?  Check out this online assessment.  It only takes a couple of minutes and you may learn something about yourself! 🙂 http://www.myexerciseplan.com/assessment/prequestionnaire.php
Second, have more sex!!  Of course, if you are cleared by your doctor!  Now think of all the extra benefits you are reaping from this arrangement:  lowering your risk for many diseases including heart disease, cancer, obesity, arthritis, etc. and enjoying one of the greatest God-given pleasures around! 🙂

Medical News: Sporadic Exercise, Even Sex, May Boost MI, Death Risk – in Cardiovascular, Myocardial Infarction from MedPage Today.

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One Response to Medical News: Sporadic Exercise, Even Sex, May Boost MI, Death Risk – in Cardiovascular, Myocardial Infarction from MedPage Today

  1. From the American College of Sports Medicine:

    STARTING an EXERCISE PROGRAM
    Most people can and should exercise. However, there are individuals who should get their doctor’s permission prior to beginning an exercise program. Anyone with an unstable medical condition will want to seek an exercise prescription from their doctor. Injury may also require an individual to wait for the healing to be complete prior to beginning exercise. If you have cardiac, pulmonary, or metabolic disease, you should begin your exercise in a medically supervised environment.

    start slowly – listen to your body and your doctor…
    For moderate endurance exercise, simply walk a little further each time you exercise and gradually increase the pace of your walks as the weeks pass. For strength exercise, lift a weight that you usually lift but do it more times than normal. Before beginning an aggressive exercise program, you should see your doctor or an exercise professional for screening tests and program advice.

    the biggest risk to exercise is not starting…
    You should consider several factors when choosing an aerobic activity for your personal fitness program.

    impact
    Some activities involve jumping or pounding that may be uncomfortable or can lead to injury. Swimming, cross country skiing, in-line skating, cycling, and rowing are easier on the joints.

    convenience
    Some aerobic activities require expensive equipment, are seasonal, or are not readily available in certain locations.

    skill
    Activities that require a lot of skill may discourage you. Try to avoid activities that do not fit with your skill base, and don’t quit before you’ve developed the skills you need for the activity to become enjoyable.

    social factor
    Exercising with a group can be fun and beneficial. Sometimes exercising with other people is such fun that you’re more likely to continue your fitness program. For safety reasons, some aerobic activities are best done with a group – From the ACSM Fitness Book (Third Edition), published by Human Kinetics.

    a word of advice
    You should always be able to catch your breath and speak comfortably while exercising. It is also normal to sense effort, and maybe even discomfort, but you should never sense pain. Learn to use a Rating of Perceived Exertion Scale.* Always remember to warm up slowly and to cool down gradually. If you use a trainer, be sure to check credentials. The exercise industry is not well regulated, so be sure to ask questions and seek ACSM certified individuals.

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