It’s no secret that “Obesity shaves two to four years off the average lifespan, while being very obese can shorten your lifespan by 8 to 10 years…” on par with life expectancy reductions of a heavy smoker, according to a Health Magazine 2009 report.
On par with a heavy smoker! Whoa! Why’s that?
Well, not too surprisingly, it’s because your heart has to do the work of a lifetime in a shorter period of time when you’re overweight.
That said, even if you’re NOT overweight and NOT obese,you’ll still need a life-long cardio regimen.
You see, we all inherit a finite number of heart beats per life from our parents. We can either use them conservatively, or use them quickly. And the quickest way to use them is to carry a lot of extra weight, requiring your heart to work hard to support all that extra tissue … effectively using up your quota early!
Here’s some quick math for proof:
Suppose your resting heart rate is 70 beats per minute (bpM). At 70 bpM your heart beats (70x60x24x365=) 36,792,000 beats per year (bpY). But suppose instead, we reduce your resting heart rate just two (2) bpM to 68. This, in turn reduces your bpY to (68x60x24x365=) 31,536,000 bpY.
Now, if you really want to track to the nat’s ass, go ahead and take out the three (3) 40 minute cardio exercise events per week (165x40x3x52=) 1,029,600 bpY it will take to get and keep you fit enough to maintain this bpM condition.
At 68 bpM (instead of 70), you’re now banking almost 2 months of heart beats each year … or an additional 4 years of heart beats over the next 24. And if you started at 72 (which would actually be low for an obese person), that’s 8 more years of heartbeats!
So, while I regularly rant on the need for consistent resistance training to look and feel terrific, a complete fitness program also includes 60 to 120+ minutes of cardio work each week. There simply are no short cuts. Volume matters.
A lower resting heart rate reduces blood pressure, and can extend the life of your heart by years … apparently up to 10!
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- Or ask me about our new Targeted Heart Rate Training Program