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Why Good Cardio is Essential for Longevity

Humans are not sedentary beings by nature. We were designed to run, jump, hunt, climb and fight, and the modern way of living has saw a sharp decline in the health of the world's population. Your body is an adaptation machine - you feed it the correct inputs and you'll see the desired outputs.

Obesity rates are increasing at an alarming rate, and more people are dying from heart disease than ever before - it is the number 1 killer in the world. Heart disease is caused by an accumulation of fat in the arteries, blocking the pathway of of blood and preventing the chambers of the heart from doing their job properly.

Thankfully, we can reduce the number of low density lipoproteins (or LDL, responsible for clogging the arteries) through cardiovascular exercise. Having a strong cardiovascular system is a precursor to having a strong immune system, excellent sleep and a powerful, healthy heart. Better cardio = lower resting heart rate; in essence, your body can perform its usual tasks more effectively. But don't just take my word for it - multiple studies have shown cardiovascular exercise results in lower all-cause mortality.

Whilst the benefits of cardio are well documented, I believe there is a greater way to achieve longevity - strength training. Strength training is essential for preventing sarcopenia (muscle loss), which is responsible for an overwhelming majority of deaths in the old age population through falls as a result of weakness and imbalance.

Strength training also produces testosterone in both women and men, an essential regulatory hormone. A combination of both cardiovascular fitness and muscular strength will bulletproof your body - a great cardio base allows for a larger volume of strength training and further positive adaptations in the body.

Compound exercises like deadlifts, squats and overhead presses are both functional and effective, mimicking real life movement patterns to help prevent injury. Impact cardio (such as skipping, running and jumping) has actually been shown to strengthen the knees contrary to the years of medical dogma lambasting its effects. If I had a pound for every time somebody told me running was bad for the knees, I'd have opened an osteopathy.

Unfortunately for the naysayers, the evidence is overwhelmingly in favour of more cardio, as opposed to less. You can't build a house on sand, so don't neglect the importance of a strong, supple body and heart for overall wellness and longevity. Pick up some weights & put on some running shoes - trust me, it's worth it.

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